Hello birders,
As the season turns to fall we are already anticipating our next Christmas Bird Count, the 116th, which will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

We have begun meeting to organize this count. We are happy to welcome Liz Muraoka to our team of coordinators! She brings invaluable technical expertise as we try and make more efficient the reporting and subsequent communication of birds as they are being seen during the count day itself.

We will have more information to share in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, keep finding those great fall migration birds.

Rebecca Coulter, Jared Dawson, Joan Murdoch, and Liz Muraoka
SB CBC Coordinators

Just for the record, the sun on January 2nd will rise at 7:05 am, and set at 5:00 pm. The moon will rise at 12:12 am early on the 2nd, a waning crescent at 46% illumination. Thus it will be at its zenith the hour or so before dawn. Low tide is at 11:00 am, at 2.1 feet (fairly high for a low tide), and the high tide is at 4:09 pm, at 2.9 feet.

above photo of Scripps’s Murrelet courtesy of Wes Fritz, taken on the 114th CBC