Birders attend Annual bird count at Grand Isle

Annual bird count has started. Last week, birders had gathered in Grand Isle, town in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, to record various species of birds calling the area home for the winter. About 15 spectators searched the island on December 18 to take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the National Audubon Society.

The annual bird count, which has been organized in the country since 20th century, marked the 115th count this year. According to an organizer of the island count for the Louisiana Audubon Society, Chris Brantley, “The first in Grand Isle was in 1949 (with) a few breaks over years. We’ve been doing it (continually) ever since 1997”.

Brantley said that this year, about 130 species of birds had been recorded among about 20,000 birds in different areas of the island. According to Brantley, the exciting count of this year was spotting a Lucy’s warbler, which is one of only two warblers to nest in cavities. Adding to that, ovenbird, American redstart, black-chinned hummingbirds and western tanager were some of the special finds of this year’s bird count.

Counters from around the state had gathered to count the birds. They broke into different group and searched birds in a 15-mile diameter circle. The search area had extended from Grand Isle State Park to Fourchon.

Brantley said that the counters had done their job brilliantly. At the end of the day, they sent their list to compile them into a single list. The list was submitted to the National Audubon Society to be tabulated, Brantley added. The information about the count has been listed on the website of the Audubon Society.

According to Brantley, the counting was started to stop people from killing birds during holiday season.

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