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GoG sets personal best in annual bird count numbers


The western bluebird is found in the Garden of the Gods Park.
Westside Pioneer photo
       As part of the 114th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the Garden of the Gods set “a new record for the most individual birds counted and different species of birds seen” in the park, according to Bret Tennis, its operations administrator.
       “We counted a total of 1,047 birds representing 35 different species,” he said.
       The Garden of the Gods is known as area 13b and is one of many areas within the Colorado Springs count area.
       Tennis said there were 21 total participants, separated into six different groups. Covering most of the park, “each group walks along a specific route and counts each bird seen,” he elaborated. “While we do our best to be accurate, it is possible that we might count the same bird more than once. We do the best we can and it might make up for the many birds we don't get to see.”
       Bonnie Frum and Jeanne McElderry, two of the participants, said they were encouraged at the array of birds, especially considering the environmental impacts of the area's fire and flooding in the past two years.

Westside Pioneer/press release