December - The Veep's Peep
The chill of December invites you to bundle up and get outside to see a wide range of birds that winter in the region. On a good day, you may see all three nuthatches (White-breasted, Brown-headed, and Red-breasted) and six woodpeckers, both resident and wintering (Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Red-headed, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Pileated). Cold weather has brought a variety of ducks to the area, including Green-winged Teal, American Widgeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and Hooded Merganser, to name a few.
PBC offers a couple of great opportunities to enjoy the winter air and spot your winter favorites. A field trip on December 8 at Mayo River State Park offers the possibility of hearing the call of the Great Horned Owl and seeing nuthatches, kinglets, Pine Siskins, winter sparrows, and the usual residents.
PBC will participate in the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 14. Twelve teams will count birds in a 15-mile circle around Greensboro. Both experienced and new birders are needed to adequately cover the territory. If you dress warmly, you’ll be amazed at how fast the day passes as you enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow birders and gain greater knowledge of the species and numbers of birds in the area. For more information on the history of the Christmas Bird Count and PBC’s participation, see the article in the current edition of the PBC newsletter.
For more details on PBC events and how to participate, visit the calendar and/or read about them in the Yearbook.
Many of you will have friends and family visiting over the holidays. This is a good time to share your love of birds and birding. Tempt someone with the gift of a birdfeeder or field guide. Sometimes spotting a good bird during a walk through the woods will create a life-long birder. PBC wishes everyone a relaxing and happy holiday season.
PBC Vice President
“North Carolina is a great place for birding. And the Piedmont Bird Club is a wonderful group of folks to bird with!”