Ten volunteers spent the day birding, including six enthusiastic people who had never been on a Christmas Bird Count. Because many of the regulars were unable to attend this year, we divided the count circle into three areas, rather than the usual five. Hopefully, next year the timing will work better for more folks.
Seventy-two bird species were observed this year, slightly below the nine year average of 80. For the first time, Osprey and Sandhill Crane were observed on the American Valley count. The solo Sandhill Crane was seen in the meadow east of the wastewater treatment ponds and the individual Osprey was seen over Spanish Creek near the treatment ponds.