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Saturday, 27 December 2014

December 27 - 2nd Day of Christmas Counting Birds - Turtle Doves!

Kawartha Lakes Christmas Bird Counts Welcome You!

While the annual Kawartha Lakes Birds counts may not be as old as the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, nor the counting of birds in the 12 Days of Christmas, they can be a great deal of family fun. Read this post to find out more about turtle doves as mentioned in the 12 Days of Christmas, and international, national and local Christmas Bird Counts.
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Also on Kawartha Lakes Mums:
- 1st Day of Christmas - Un perdrix joli - Boxing Day
image 12 Days of Christmas - December 27 Turtle Doves plus Christmas Bird Counts
12 Days of Christmas - December 27 Turtle Doves
We wondered what is a turtle dove? Curious?
Here's what we discovered!

European Turtle Doves

image Two Turtle Doves European Turtle Doves Ancient Symbol of Love
European Turtle Doves Ancient Symbol of Love
European Turtle Doves have become known as the symbol of undying love for a variety of reasons. The bird which forms strong bond pairs, has a plaintive mournful turr-turr cry. A native of Africa, the turtle doves  are one of the last birds to migrate north in April to Europe. Turtle doves, named for their cry were even mentioned in the ancient love poem, The Song of Songs.
This member of the pigeon family, has decreased in numbers by 62% in recent years, due partly to their being shot in Mediterranean countries during their migration, and also changes in farming methods which have decreased the seed available for them to eat. 

Annual Christmas Bird Counts

This is the 115th year of the North American Audubon traditional Christmas Bird Count Each year between December 14 and January 5, the Christmas Bird Count is carried out in more than 1800 communities across Canada, the United States and Latin America.
What happens at a bird count?
Each group participating attempts to count all the birds within a 24 km diameter circle on the selected day. And of course, at the end of this day there is the great get-together and camaraderie that is available at the pot-luck tally.  There are two Kawartha Lakes Bird Counts taking place this year, one in Fenelon Falls co-ordinated by Kawartha Field Naturalists, and the other at the world-renowned Carden Alvar.

Fenelon Falls Christmas Bird Count - December 28, 2014

image Kawartha Field Naturalists Since 1984 Logo
Kawartha Field Naturalo
Interested in taking part in Fenelon Falls Christmas Bird Count? Meet at Tim’s in Fenelon Falls.Tally Up and Pot Luck Supper at 4 pm Immanuel Baptist Church Hall 20 Bond St. E., Fenelon Falls The entrance to the church hall parking lot is on Bond Street.  Give Leslie Dyment (705)-359-1376  a call for more information.

Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count - January 3, 2015

The annual Carden Alvar Christmas Bird Count will z take place January 3, 2015. Carden Alvar is the newest of City of Kawartha Lakes provincial parks, and is renowned by birders for the rare and unusual variety of birds to be found there. We're waiting on an email back from rbowles AT rogers DOT com with more details on this annual event.

Have you taken part in a Christmas bird count?
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1 comment:

  1. What are your favourite birds in your neighbourhood?


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