Some of the numbers are in for the annual High River bird count which went Tuesday, December 19.

Organizer Greg Wagner says surprisingly, sparrows weren't the number one species in the count this year.

"They were number two actually. The winner was Bohemian Waxwings. We had 1,600 of them. But only in one count area. We didn't have any in town, which was unusual that only one group would see the Bohemian Waxwings."

Wagner says the data they collect is very important.

"They all go to the National Audubon Society, that forms a huge data base. When you hear about a species declining in numbers or increasing in numbers. Usually the first place they look to determine that trend is the Christmas Bird Count data. So, it's a huge scientific value, it serves a great purpose scientifically."

Wagner says the most unusual bird they found was a Northern Hawk Owl.

Wagner says he's still cobbling together all the numbers and waiting for some of the feeder watchers to get him their results.

 

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