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Volunteers step out to count Pawleys Island birds

Jan 10, 2011 12:07:00 AM - thestate.com
The saying, "the early bird gets the worm" was true for more than 40 bird enthusiasts last month.

The temperatures were up, making it a great day to bird watch. Or bird count for some.

"They're going out trying to count every single individual bird they can find," said Chris Hill, ornithologist and Coastal Carolina professor. "(They'll count) every song sparrow, every Carolina chickadee, every wren, everything."

It was all part of the Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count. It's been going on in the Pawleys Island area for almost 40 years.

"All the data, all these number do get compiled nationally by the Nation Audubon Society," explained Hill, who will compile all of the data collected and submit it to the Audubon Society. "It's a very long running data base going back over 100 years now. It's very good for looking at trends of bird populations over time."

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