Our 118 annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held today on the Monterey Peninsula under mild, dry conditions. Our preliminary count total is 184- 4 birds above or 25 year average of 180 birds. Highlights included: FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL from the Point Pinos Seawatch; a TUFTED PUFFIN from our CBC Boat; 2 SUMMER TANAGERS in Pacific Grove, including a male spending its 5th winter; a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER near Asilomar Rocky Shores, and our YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, spending its second winter at Laguna Grande Park. Many thanks to all who participated, who made dinner, and to Dr. Ron Branson, for whom this was his 57th consecutive Christmas Bird Count.
Wishing you bird-rich New Year,
-- *Blake T. Matheson* Monterey Peninsula http://www.birdsandbeasts.org * "If you save the living environment, the biodiversity that we have left, you will also automatically save the physical environment, too... If you only save the physical environment, you will ultimately lose both." E.O. Wilson. *