Feeders are up around town as our winter companions enjoy thistle, suet, sunflower and other seeds. Water continues to be scarce so when you can, be sure to put water out for the birds; you may find that the watering hole is as (or more) popular than your feeding stations!
More information about the Christmas Bird Count and helpful tools like the feeder-watcher data sheet are available in the December issue of our newsletter “Flyer“.
December 18, 8:00 a.m. – Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count
Meet at the Downtown Post Office lobby, 2100 Capitol Ave., at 8:00 a.m. Dress for the weather and bring water, binoculars and field guide, if you have them. We will divide into groups to visit simultaneously Wyoming Hereford Ranch, High Plains Grasslands Research Station, F.E. Warren and Lions Park.
You can also be a field observer on your own. You are free to look for birds anywhere within the Cheyenne count circle—see map on page 4 of our December newsletter. Record numbers of each species you observe and the amount of time and distance you walk as well as the amount of time and distance you drive. Keep track of where and when you saw species of note so we can tell if you counted the same bird or flock as someone else.
For your report, compile the total number of individuals of each species and include all your travel information. Turn in your results at the tally party or contact Grant Frost, CBC coordinator, at 307-343-2024. You can also email Grant at frostgrant2[at]gmail.com.
December 18, 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. Happy Half Hour) – Tally Party for Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count at Bella Fuoco Wood Fired Pizza, RSVP
Eric Dalton and his wife recently bought Bella Fuoco (it means “Beautiful Fire” in Italian) Wood Fired Pizza, 2115 Warren Ave. Due to the limited seating (25) and kitchen size, you must pre-order your dinner by Wednesday evening, Dec. 15, by emailing Lorie Chesnut at email@example.com. Please note “Bella Fuoco” in the subject of your email. This is a no-host event and the menu is available at https://www.bellafuocopizza.com/.
If you don’t plan to join us for dinner, you can drop off your tallies during the “Happy Half Hour” before dinner at 5:30 p.m. or email them to Grant Frost.
December 19, 8:00 a.m. – Guernsey/Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count
If you are going to join the count, please let Jane Dorn know at 307-640-4002. Also call her if the weather turns nasty; Wednesday, December 29 would be an alternate date. Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one, and whatever you need for a day watching birds at Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville.
Birding on your own or watching your feeders? The center point of the 7.5-mile radius count circle is where Highway 26 crosses the Goshen County/Platte County line. Please send in your results ASAP to the count compiler, Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird[at]yahoo.com.
Anyone in the neighborhood of the count area is welcome to meet Jane at 8 a.m. at the Ft. Laramie Post Office, or at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance to Guernsey State Park.
December 31, 8 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey
Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski[at]aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.