The article on the annual Christmas bird count which the Herald published on Jan. 2 was only half the story. Snohomish County has two Christmas bird count areas, referred to as the Everett and Edmonds counts. The Everett count, on which you reported, is led and compiled by Scott Atkinson and was held on Dec. 15. The Edmonds count was led by Duane Karna and was held on Dec. 22. Both of these events are sponsored by Pilchuck Audubon Society as part of the nationwide effort organized by the National Audubon Society. This was started in 1900, making this is the 113th count. A full report for these efforts will be available on our website soon, www.pilchuckaudubon.org.
The Edmonds count includes south Everett, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and the southeast tip of Whidbey Island. There were 84 volunteers covering this area — 68 in the field and 16 at home watching bird feeders. A 122 species were found among the 42,784 individual birds counted. Northern Shrikes, Red Crossbills and Townsend’s Warblers were among the species that volunteers delighted in reporting during the compilation dinner at Third Place Books following the count.
Pilchuck Audubon thanks all the volunteers who participated in both of our area counts. December is not a comfortable month to be outside for hours at a time and the fact that our volunteers do so speaks both to the love they have for birds and the priority they place on providing valuable data for bird researchers.
Kathleen Snyder, President
Pilchuck Audubon Society