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KENAI: Christmas Bird Count Sets Record
Alaska Region, January 1, 2007
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Kenai area birders celebrate with a potluck dinner at the Refuge following the annual Christmas Bird Count
Kenai area birders celebrate with a potluck dinner at the Refuge following the annual Christmas Bird Count - Photo Credit: n/a

Late December in Alaska brings images of cold dark days and lots of snow.  It also turns out to be a pretty good time to view birds!  Kenai National Wildlife Refuge joined with local birders to host the annual Christmas Bird Count.  A record number of bird species (42) and total number of birds (3,849) were seen in the Kenai/Soldotna survey area.  Twenty-eight observers participated in the count.  Highlights included an ivory gull, rosy crown finches, and snow buntings at the City Dock; a chestnut-backed chickadee, Stellar's jay, and an American tree sparrow at feeders; a goshawk near Swiftwater Campground; and a slaty-backed gull at the landfill.  Individual birders tallied high counts of two species:  common redpolls (440) and Bohemian waxwings (210).  After the count, participants reported their results at a potluck held at the Refuge.  The annual Christmas Bird Count is held throughout the United States and celebrated its 107th season this year.


Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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