On January 25th 2020, Waterloo Region Nature Kids participated in the annual bird count at RARE on Blair road in Cambridge. We met in the old barn and got divided into groups of a couple of families and a bird leader.
We had lots of fun walking around in the slushy snow with our binoculars and counted lots of birds. Our group was called the “peregrine falcons” and we spotted lots of birds which our bird leader, David Gascoigne, helped us identify including black capped chickadees, cardinals, American crows, downy woodpeckers, mallards, canada geese, common goldeneyes and TWO BALD EAGLES (one juvenile and one adult).
We kept count of the type and number of birds on our clipboard. The data collected by us and all of the other people doing bird counts across North America will be used to understand the bird population from year to year.
We finished off with hot chocolate, marshmallows and Timbits in the house next to the old barn. It felt good to warm up before going home.
Reported by Eric
Photos and results chart courtesy of rare.