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Hoary redpoll with ? sparrow. Can you identify the sparrow?

Hoary redpoll with ? sparrow. Can you identify the sparrow?

December 17, 2017 will mark the 84th Annual MANO (Northampton) Christmas Bird Count and the 117th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Here is a copy of what happened in the 2016 Count.

Volunteer bird watchers of all ages, novices and experts team together to spend a portion of the day or the entire day recording any and all bird species seen.

When does this happen?

The Northampton Christmas Bird Count covers 24 hours (rain, sleet, snow, or shine) midnight-to-midnight December 17th, 2017. The goal for the 24 hours is to find, identify and count all birds within a 15-mile diameter “count circle” centered in the Hadley Cemetery on Cemetery Road.

Some folks start searching at midnight for owls. Others start at sunrise. Some spend the entire day, others a couple of hours. No one is too young or too senior to participate. Beginners are welcome – we’ll make sure you join a group with at least one experienced birdwatcher.  We hope you’ll join us for this great day. You will probably make new friends, learn a bit, laugh a lot and get a great workout.

Feeder Watcher?

You can even participate from home as long as you are within the CBC circle. You can count birds that visit your feeders – just is sure at least a week before to arrange this with the compilers.  Contact the compilers at cbc@hampshirebirdclub.org

Potluck

And – eat great food –when at the end of the day we come together for a delicious potluck while we tally the day’s birds at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at 845 West Street, Amherst beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Contact Sue Emerson at Spe33@charter.net

What do I take?

The particulars: dress warm, carry water and snacks, know your limits, etc.

What to do if I want to participate?

If you want to join the day, have questions, etc, contact Janice Jorgensen and Jan Ortiz at cbc@hampshirebirdclub.org

CBC Forms, Leaders, Maps, and History are on this link.  MANO historical data is available from the first MANO count.

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