Rare birds and moments spotted during children’s bird count

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK — Some of the children involved in this year’s Christmas Bird Count for Kids were treated to a few rarities.

A bald eagle flew overhead as one group was scouring the Corner Brook Stream Trail near the Glynmill Inn Pond, taking in the usual spectacle of gulls, crows and the resident swans.

Perhaps more startling was a chance encounter with a black backed woodpecker. The bird actually stuck around the trees near the Glynmill Inn, almost following along with the interested children and their parents — despite no attempts by the group to keep the noise down.

Not to be outdone in the strangeness category, a robin was also spotted in the snowy area.

In all, 14 species were spotted and a total of 168 birds — enough to spark the attention of nine-year-old Kaden Rodrigues, one of 11 children to participate.

“I think it is really fun,” he said. “It is cool seeing how they fly and stuff, and their colours.

“We saw some cool birds.”

The winter bird count was for young birders from six-14 years of age.

The event included a classroom session on birds and binoculars, a trail walk from Corner Brook City Hall with parents and birders, and a data tally. It was organized by the Humber Natural History Society.

It is a prelude to the annual Christmas Bird Count today. Participants are walking, skiing or snowshoeing within a 24-kilometre diameter including Corner Brook, Steady Brook, Massey Drive and surrounding countryside from Loggers School Road to Mount Moriah, Meadows and Hammond Farm.

To participate contact Lois Bateman at 634-7206 or lbateman@grenfell.mun.ca.

Organizations: Glynmill Inn Pond, Humber Natural History Society.It

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Steady Brook, Mount Moriah

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