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Enthusiastic volunteers participating in the Annual Christmas Bird Count at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area identified 81 different species of birds, including a wayward sea duck and a record-setting number of Canadian geese.
Tuesday, January 5, marked the 12th occasion that volunteer and professional birders came together at Glen Canyon to participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Twenty three birders in four teams spent the day on Lake Powell, the Colorado River, and at sites around Page to identify different species and count total numbers of birds in the area.
Among the different bird species identified were Bald and Golden eagles, four species of wren, juncos, sparrows, and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked ducks numbering a couple thousand. Birders also counted a record number of Canadian geese during this year’s bird count: 825 geese are wintering in and around Page.
The celebrity of the bird count was a Red-necked Grebe spotted on the Colorado River. The Red-necked Grebe is an arctic sea bird that usually winters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. This was only the third documented sighting of a Red-necked Grebe in northern Arizona.
Glen Canyon would like to thank the volunteers who came from as far away as Tucson to participate in the Christmas Bird Count. Additional support was provided by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Boston’s True Value Hardware, and Colorado River Discovery.