While many birds have already migrated to warmer places for the course of the bleak season, there are plenty of tough ones who'll stick it out through the winter with us. Learn more about our area's wee winter wildlife and help assess their numbers with one of the upcoming Christmas bird counts.
The 39th Annual Letchworth Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count will take place all day on Saturday, December 14, at Letchworth State Park in Castile. If you're interested in participating, call Douglass Bassett at 493-3625 before the day of the event for a territory assignment.
And on Sunday, December 15, the 110th Rochester Christmas Bird Count (which is the 114th annual count for the National Audubon Society) will take place all day in a 15-mile radius centered at Dewey Avenue and Stone Road in Greece. Visit birding.aba.org and select Genesee to find a list of numbers of area leaders to call for more information. Inexperienced observers will be teamed up with the more experienced.
The tally will take place 7:30-9 p.m., after a 6 p.m. dinner (bring money) held at the Charbroil Restaurant at the corner of Island Cottage Road and Edgemere Drive.
If you can't get out to count birds in the field, you can watch your feeder for some time during the day, and then phoning in your count to one of the leaders.