The High River Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place Dec. 15, with some alterations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Basically these restrictions included less people and social distancing.
Birders in town observed 46 bird species within a 7.5 mile radius circle centred on the Center Street bridge in High River.
“This is an above average count for the area, and additional species may be added as count rules allow birds seen three days before or three days after count day to be added to the list,” said Organizer of the CBC, Greg Wagner.
38 people counted and took photos of birds and tallied their results, which are sent to the National Audubon Society.
Highlights for the count included an injured American White Pelican at Frank Lake, a Tundra Swan along the Little Bow River on the east side of Montrose, two American Goldfinches and a Common Grackle in the western part of town, and a Brewer’s Blackbird northwest of town.