Bird watchers participated in the annual bird count at greenspaces across Brooklyn. Photos by Zoe Freilich
Fowl-fanatics fl ock to Christmas Bird Count
BY BEN VERDE
Dozens of bird-loving Brooklynites
flocked to the borough’s
greenspaces over the weekend for
the 120th annual Christmas Bird
Count, where they recorded over
26,000 feathered creatures throughout
Ninety bird watchers took part
in the event, where they spotted numerous
rare types of birds, including
11 American Woodcock, 4 species
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of Warbler, and a Bald Eagle.
The hobbyists also recorded 93
Carolina Wrens — an extremely
high number for this time of the
year, which one aficionado credits
with a warming climate that keeps
the birds from flying south.
“That’s got to be a climate indicator,”
said Stanley Greenberg, a
member of the Brooklyn Birding
Club who ventured through Prospect
Park on Saturday morning.
Overall, the 26,834 total birds
spotted throughout the borough
was a record-low for the 120-yearold
event, and comes after a study
depicted dramatic decreases in the
number of birds across North America
— although Greenberg cautioned
that the low numbers could not be
definitively attributed to any greater
“It’s like the difference between
weather and climate,” he said.
The annual bird count was started
on Christmas Day in 1900 as a way to
keep track of fowl populations nationwide
— at a time when the most common
way to study birds was to shoot
them and study their corpse.
And despite this year’s oddly-low
overall count, the avian enthusiast
said the event was worthwhile.
“We had a great time of course,
because we were out birding,” said
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