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Birds


David:

I'm an avid birder and in trips west have successfully birded.  Saw my
first-ever Roadrunner in Colorado and I'm envious of the variety of
hummingbirds you all have out west.. There may not be anything more
beautiful than a male Rufous hummingbird when the light hits just right,
positively copper. 

The arid climate has a great deal to do with when they come out to feed. 
There was a great article in a recent issue of WildBird mgazine about a
birding contest in Texas.  Part of  the gist of the story was early
morning and evenings, they came out of the bushes to drink and feed. 
Don't go birding in the heat of the mid-day sun!

Some of you might be interested in a 4 day Audubon Project  -the Great
Backyard Bird Count-  that's going on right now (2 days left) and you can
participate.  It's easy.  Copied below is the information.  Even if you
don't participate, you might check out the map section for the reportings
on individual species.  Fascinating stuff.

Linda Wallpe
Cincinnati, OH

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If you have 15 minutes, a window and access to computer next weekend, you
can help protect America's birds and habitat by participating in the
Sixth Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, brought to you by Audubon and the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology!   
 
All across America, our birds face survival challenges from loss of
habitat to introduced predators, to diseases like the West Nile Virus. 
This may be affecting the birds that visit your backyard each and every
year.  Help us find out!  Between February 14-17th, keep an eye on your
backyard or birdfeeder for 15 minutes or more. Then count and identify
the birds you see, and report back to Audubon via the Internet.  No
experience necessary -- all ages and skill levels are welcome and
encouraged to participate - and it's free!  To enter this year's Count,
view tips on identifying birds in your area, and much, much more, log
onto our special website at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc
 
We hope you'll join us February 14-17 for the Great Backyard Bird Count! 
Happy Birding!

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