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.
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.
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.