I couldn't resist using the Northern Cardinal for this post. They make me think of winter and Christmas. (And you can find a few in Whittier Narrows if you look sharp. That's not far from Orange County.) Besides meditating on God's gift and the gifts we give each other, Christmastime is also time for an annual birding event called the Christmas Bird Count or CBC for short. It was started in 1900 by ornithologist Frank Chapman, an Audubon member to serve as an alternative to the Christmas tradition of hunting birds during the holiday season. See the National Audubon link on the History of the CBC for more information. Birders count the birds they see on several days near Christmas. You can participate. Just check out the links below and add another holiday tradition to your holiday fun and help the birds at the same time by participating in this annual winter census.
Good blog on the CBC. See the blog about Mike's own CBC experience.
The official Christmas Bird Count section of the National Audubon Website.
Local Orange County newspaper article about the CBC.
Good pages with local totals.
Our own Sea and Sage Audubon page on the CBC and how to go about it.
Good summary and details.