Bird club looks and listens to count species 3 times a year


October 13, 1997|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOUR LOVE for birds sends you to the store for 50-pound bags of seed as often as you buy milk, or you have become an expert at chasing squirrels off the feeder so your precious flock can get its fill, Carroll County Bird Club has an event for you.

Three times a year, members of the club, and as many people as they can recruit, participate in a daylong count of birds. These tallies are one way to determine the variety of species in the county, as well as migratory patterns.

September's count was a bit dismal, said Laura Tarbell, vice president of the club, although she and her husband, Jerry, counted as many as 43 species.

Two great horned owls, some yellow-billed cuckoos, a wood thrush and bluebirds were among the species.

The Tarbells scouted areas around Hashawha Environmental Center and Bear Branch Nature Center, as well as their Hampstead home.

"When we count, we listen for specific calls or watch for birds. As we hear or see a bird, we look at the list provided and make a tally mark," Laura said.

"On the morning of the tally, I happened to be up at 5 a.m., and I heard a great horned owl," she said. "I threw open my window and listened for other birds and watched the bird feeders while I did my chores."

Participating in the count can be that simple.

This fall, participants in the bird count logged 100 species. Last year, the fall count was 87.

Future bird counts will take place Jan. 24 and May 9. Carroll County Bird Club meets the second Wednesday of each month, excluding June, July and August, at Carroll Community College.

Information: Maureen Harvey, 410-795-3117.

Peanut days

"Peanuts! Peanuts! Get your tasty Kiwanis peanuts here!"

Don't be surprised if you hear that call Friday and Saturday in front of businesses as the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster launches its annual peanut sale.

Proceeds benefit county children through local charities: Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., Mission of Mercy and Shepherd's Staff.

"Last year my family bought a case and gave packages out on Halloween," said Gary Pearson, publicity chairman.

Information: Pearson at 410-857-4159 or Steve Stewart, 410-848-7200.

Pub Date: 10/13/97

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