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My Chatty Neighbor Mister Kingfisher!

Each year nature lovers participate in Audubon’s  annual Christmas Bird Count.  Ecuador again trumped all others last year with a whopping count of  492 species in the Yanayacu area.   Mindo Ecuador reported 432 birds, and Costa Rica took third, fourth and fifth places with 382, 378 and 340 counts.  See the top tallies for North, South and Central America HERE.

Birds Birds Birds!

Birds Birds Birds!

I respect all who devote an entire day to counting as many species as possible:  I also encourage everyone to keep a pad handy and note the birds one sees from now until January 5th.

Ah, the mangroves provide visual comfort!

Ah, the mangroves provide visual comfort!

So what’s stopping you?  Peer out that window and start scribbling and see how many species live in your neighborhood!  Challenge your neighbors, your loved ones, especially the youth and direct them to noting the beauty of nature!

Here are some images of my neighbors the birds.

Hey guys!  Check out the dame with the white plumas!

Hey guys! Check out the dame with the white plumas!

P1450508 SNOWY EGRET Y LITTLE BLUE HERON

Pardon me, but may I have this dance?

Do I LOOK like I want to dance?

(Do I LOOK like I want to dance?)

Geez;  I was only trying to friendly!

Geez; I was only trying to friendly!

P1430207 frigate P1480725 please don't destroy my home P1480846 fly frigate fly P1480820 FRIGATESOARS P1480709 egret in mangrove P1480841 frigates P1480699 frigate P1480760 cattleegret P1480761 hey there P1480762 horiz egret breeding pulumage P1480774 ibis P1480823 FRIGATE 2 P1480843 frigates P1480838 mangroves

P1380141 pelicans egrets gullsRio jama boat y pelicans P1430610

Every so often a boat zooms through the picture, much to the birds’ distress!sea gullsP1480482

I hope she remembers us over here in the ponds!

Don’t forget about us over here in the ponds!

http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count 

Happy counting!

Z

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