Rare birds spotted during Christmas Bird Count


December 30, 2021

Photo courtesy of Brad Hunter

A rare red fox sparrow, a subspecies of the fox sparrow, perches on a branch laden with snow.

Birders canvassed Mitkof Island on December 18 as part of the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count as they looked to collect data on local bird populations.

It was a smaller group of people than usual according to Brad Hunter, the coordinator of Petersburg's bird count.

Of the 23 people who participated, 10 people watched bird feeders while 13 split up to cover the group's regular routes near Hungry Point, Sandy Beach, the Beachcomber Lodge, and Blind River Rapids.

"It's a lot of fun, but beyond that it's also a very valuable pursuit to help out with research," Hunter said.


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