Birds of a feather flock together at Harrison Hills Park for annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Timothy Hill

Like most birding fans, Jessica Lakeri appears to be ahead to every possibility to get out in the woods to glimpse the vibrant and normally complicated conduct of winged creatures.

So when birders from all-around the Alle-Kiski Valley collected at Harrison Hill Park this weekend for the Fantastic Yard Fowl Depend, she noticed it is a possibility to provide other individuals less than her wing.

Lakori of West Deer, who has done a grasp system supplied by the Audubon Society, coaxed her mother and several friends to be part of her for a working day of hiking in the park in research of birds.

“I like to be outside the house and I adore the birds,” she said. “And I want them to enjoy the birds, as well.”

The Yard Fowl Rely runs from Friday as a result of Monday and invites persons close to the globe to time in the woods building observations. The info is submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., to assistance researchers there far better fully grasp world bird populations prior to a single of their once-a-year migrations.

Lakori’s mother, Maureen Sagrati, admits that her daughter “sort of had to drag me into it” when she was arranging the outing. But at the time she hit the trails through Saturday’s brisk, sunny morning, she turned a convert.

“I adore it,” she said as the team headed back again to the park’s environmental heart. “I’ll unquestionably appear again out it was definitely pleasurable.”

Dave Brooke is a member of the Pals of Harrison Hills Park team and helps coordinate the Fowl Rely and other ornithology systems. He said though essential information and facts for the Cornell Lab is gathered for the duration of weekend, it’s also a opportunity to introduce birding to people today who may well only have a everyday curiosity.

“I consider the point that appeals to folks to watching birds just after they give it a try is the point that although these creatures are all all over us just about everywhere, for the most aspect, we just wander earlier them with no at any time noticing them,” he stated.

“But at the time you start obtaining out there you will detect the distinctive designs they comply with, the range of colours and the diverse music that are generated,” said Brooke, 68, of Harrison. “You will occur to respect just how attractive these creatures are.”

He said birds are also of terrific interest since “unlike just about every other animal that is earthbound, birds can fly, which I assume can make them attractive to us.”

Brooke encourages people today who use the park to hike and jog to take into account shifting their behavior if they dress in earphones.

“When I’m out climbing and I see a person on the trail wearing earphones to listen to tunes, I simply cannot assist but imagine about what they are missing,” he explained. “Not just the lovely chook music, but the sounds of other creatures that are truly worth dealing with. There is a ton worthy of hearing and looking at out there if people today will give it a opportunity.”

For the past five yrs, Dave Rizzo of Sharpsburg has been serving to with a bluebird box software operate by the the park’s environmental middle to support promote the health of the bluebird population.

“When I started, I did not know anything about bluebirds,” Rizzo mentioned. “I do the job indoors but I enjoy to be outside, so this was a way for me to do that.”

Rizzo explained tending to the bluebird boxes scattered during the park provides good insight into the intricate workings of mother nature.

“Starting all-around April, we’ll be out checking for nests inside of the boxes,” he said. “Before lengthy the eggs will begin showing up, and then we’ll monitor the hatchlings and then the fledglings. It is intriguing to see how vulnerable these hatchlings are and how the mom and dad operate back and forth from the trees to the box to feed them.”

To increase the chances for the birds’ survival, the bins have been outfitted with a unit that makes it tricky for predators this kind of as raccoon to get to them.

Mackenzie Schnur, 8, of Mars, who was with a group participating in the fowl depend for the initial time, stated she had a great deal of pleasurable currently being outdoors on the lookout for birds, but she was not expecting the surprise she obtained Saturday.

“I seriously preferred observing the eagles,” she claimed. “They are pretty big. It was neat to see them so shut.”

Schnur reported the eagles were being so shut she could make out particulars with no the want for binoculars.

Brooke said the eagles are consistently witnessed in the park, but personnel and volunteers have not however been ready to find the location of the nest.

“We’ve looked and looked but cannot obtain it,” he reported. “We’re not absolutely sure if the eagles are traveling in this article from one more locale of if they are nesting in a place that we just cannot see. But we’ll hold browsing.”

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Evaluation staff author. You can make contact with Tony by e mail at [email protected] or by means of Twitter .

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