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Christmas Bird Count a 'hoot' for birders

Original post made on Dec 13, 2013

Garth Harwood is on the prowl. He rises at 1 a.m. and pokes about fields and forests until dawn. Often hidden in the dark night and fog, the quarry he seeks is secretive. But he hears them. Out of the darkness, a slim shadow might fly over the field. It is silent, watchful, as much the stalker as the stalked.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thanks very much for this great article. I'll never forget the Christmas day when our backyard became very quiet. A hawk had flown in and perched low near the bird feeder. It sat there for about 10 minutes before flying away. Magical. May all the bird numbers be up this year.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

>> "He rises at 1 a.m. and pokes about fields and forests until dawn."

So, is there any place in the Palo Alto vicinity to do this legally? Local Parks? Playing fields? Baylands? Foothills? Open Space District? Wander around here in the middle of the night with a pair of binoculars and get arrested.


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Posted by Raptors
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Hey, we just saw a HUGE light-colored owl fly over Juana Briones school, a juvenile redtail hawk was sighted on a fence in the neighborhood last week, and of course the neighborhood falcon. Fewer crows, too....


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Posted by Deborah Jamison
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

Sunday is the San Jose count. Monday is Palo Alto. There are more counts in the days ahead. To learn more about local counts and who to contact about participating, please see the web site Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Web Link. Sequoia Audubon, Ohlone Audubon and Golden Gate Audubon also have counts. There usually is a need for more counters. Less skilled birders are welcome too. They are an extra set of eyes and ears, can help keep the tally sheets, and will learn a lot.


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