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Record number of species observed during 2012 Christmas bird count



Bohemian Waxwing: Photograph taken by Jake Jakobosky during 2012 Christmas Bird Count.

The 2012 Lyle Christmas Bird Count was completed Dec. 16. The previous Lyle record for number of count day species was 110. The regular team of more than 30 observed that amount, plus two count week birds (see photo of Bohemian Waxwing taken by Jake Jakabosky near his home) for a total of 112 species observed during the count. .

According to Bob Hansen, Bird Count organizer, “not only was the day record tied, but with the help of a couple of extremely well skilled and respected birders from Portland (David Irons and Shawneen Finnegan) scanning the large flocks of ducks, grebes, and feeders throughout the count circle, they contributed an additional nine species on count day to take it t...

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