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The 2023 Christmas Bird Count

The Cortes Island Museum has been sponsoring two birding events every year for the past two decades.* 2,873 birds were seen during the 2023 Christmas Bird Count, but this number would have been much higher if there were more participants. 

“We can only go to a certain number of places where we know there will be birds, and that’s mostly along the coastline,” explained Laurel Bohart, a keen birder as well as co-curator of Wild Cortes.

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Serenade Of The Swainson’s Thrush

By George Sirk

Yep, they’re back from Venezuela, and secretly at dawn and dusk, are singing in a melancholic, flute-like, upward spiralling cascade. Their call note, a simple “whit”, is easily imitated and can often draw the bird out. They are arrive fairly late, usually late April early May, and leave by end of September. Enjoy their songs now as their territorial imperative diminishes as summer progresses.

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