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Berkeley’s Painted Redstart helps set local count record

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By Ilana DeBare

The Oakland Christmas Bird Count set a new record on Sunday for number of species – thanks in part to a much-ballyhooed rare bird in a Berkeley backyard.

Over 230 birders fanned out across Oakland, Berkeley and other nearby towns in Golden Gate Audubon’s 73rd annual Christmas Bird Count , or CBC as it’s known.

Some started as early as 2 a.m. looking for owls. By sundown, they had counted a preliminary total of 184 species, breaking last year’s record of 183.  … Continue reading »

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Christmas Bird Count is not just for the birds

Snowy Egrets / Photo by Alan Krakauer
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By Ilana DeBare

Maureen Lahiff treks across the UC campus every weekday for her job as a public health lecturer.

Last Sunday, she made that trek again but saw the campus in a whole new light —  as a place brimming with birds.

Lahiff was among 200 volunteers taking part in the 72nd annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count, run by the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Part of a national Audubon tradition, the Oakland count covers a 177-square mile circle that stretches north to Point Isabel and south to the Oakland Airport. Five of the count’s 29 teams were assigned to sections of Berkeley, including the waterfront, Claremont Canyon, Tilden Park, UC, and central Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Counting crows … and robins and warblers and …

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Today was the annual East Bay Christmas Bird Count, sponsored in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco by the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Continue reading »

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