I will be doing my first Christmas Bird Count ever this upcoming Saturday!!! At first I was going to do it at Broad Meadow Brook which is a wild life sanctuary near my house. I was then asked by the coordinator whether or not I would like to do it in a different part of the city that doesn't have as many volunteers as they need. I decided to go with the group that is lacking volunteers because that is the way I am ;o). Anyhow, the coordinator to that count contacted me and told me we would be doing it around a lake and will be counting a lot of water birds.
Now some of you may remember that I don't know much about water birds and at one point thought that all ducks were ducks and all geese were geese. I am just learning the difference now. With that said, I am scrambling here and looking at the Peterson Field Guide to try and get a crash course on water bird identification. Does anyone have any web sites that they know of that I should go to in order to learn more so I don't look like a complete newbie Saturday. HA!!
Also, the important questions relating to bird counts such as:
1. How long do they last
2. I am bringing my field guide, binoculars, camera, pen, pad of paper. Is there anything else I should take. I am assuming I should buy a backpack to look like an official birder ;o). I am also going to bring some water and a lunch?? (is a lunch too geeky????)
3. What do you actually do at a bird count. Do you sit in a bush and count birds???
HA!! Seriously, I have no idea what to expect. I am very excited about it but have a lot of questions.
Can one of you expert bird counters out there help me out please. :o)
Thanks as always.
PS: Yes I am posting really quickly here as I am in the office until 7pm tonight and wanted to make this blog entry in the 15 minutes I have before my next meeting. Christmas vacation cannot come soon enough for me!