Tuesday, December 21, 2004sunday: S. and i got up at 7am, headed out at 7:30 to the Chicago river at Roscoe. the temperature was six degrees Fahrenheit, wind chill -10. this was my first participation in the Christmas Bird Count, which happened on the 19th for Chicago citywide.
here is the list of what i saw, until my hands began to freeze:
8 buffleheads (S. thought i was getting excited about "buffaloheads")
5 gulls (probably Thayer's/herring gulls)
about 45 house sparrows
8 white throated sparrows
1 American Crow
this was at 3 separate locations, one along the river and two in the Loop.