CBC4Kids 2018 Christmas Bird Count

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Another Pender Island CBC4Kids event has come and gone, and what a flurry it was.  Here are some moments from our Fifth "Bird-Day” supported by PICA and PIFN. 

Thanks to our photographers Jill Ilsley & Hans Tammemagi.

A last minute spate of cancellations dropped the number of participating kids to 10 with 7 parents also attending. But what a great group!  Rubber boots and smiles abounded. 

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Photo by Hans

Good job we had Firehall #3 waiting for us to gather in… 


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Photo by Hans

It was the wettest and windiest Pender Island CBC4Kids event ever. 

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Photo by Hans

Groups set off for Greenburn Lake, the Bedwell Harbour and Brooks Point. 

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Photo by Hans

Bird mentors generously brought their scopes out in atrocious weather. 

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Photo by Jill

When the groups got back, more raptors were awaiting them in addition to the 6 bald eagles and merlin sighted.  To help us celebrate, Liane and Matthew from The Raptor Centre brought three amazing birds for us to learn about.

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Photo by Jill

The sodden groups returned to hot soup, drinks & treats, quickly adding their bird counts to the Tally. 

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Photo by Hans

Elton, the female spectacled owl, charmed everyone.

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Photo by Hans

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Cheetah, a three year old peregrine.

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Photo by Hans

And finally, Anakin, a Harris hawk

Photo by Jill

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Liane telling us all about Harris hawk habits. For instance, they hunt in packs, and when perching on a cactus, gently stack on top of each other. Who knew!

The ten kids, and dare I say, all the adults including the Bird Mentors were "enraptored".  It was a delightful, educational treat to mark our fifth event.

By 2:30 pm we had the South Pender Firehall's floor washed, the loaned recycling dishes packed up, the kids' binoculars, clipboards and tally sheets stowed away, and our new two-legged and feathered friends on their way to Jackie's home for a much deserved quiet time. 

Jill Ilsley