Annual Martins Creek Bird Count

At 4:30 AM on January 1st, a small group of birders set out on the Annual Christmas Bird Count at the Martins Creek Preserve near Bangor.  Great horned owls and screech owls were spotted in the wee hours of the morning followed by a few members of the woodpecker family; the red bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker and hairy woodpecker. Armed with binoculars and field guides, participants recorded sightings of 8,744 birds, including 57 species of songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl during the twelve-hour count. The biggest surprise were the two Common Ravens.  These birds are known to frequent the Kittatinny Ridge to the north but are not normally found off of the ridge in the valleys.

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