Bird Count succeeds

To the editor:

Our 12th annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan. 2. We had beautiful weather for the time of the year. In fact, we thought we would have set a record for species considering the conditions. We did not, however, we did account for 48 species. We missed seeing at least three species we have always recorded.

The groups in the field did manage to spot a golden eagle, winter wren, and a tufted titmouse for the first time ever on this count. We also had a yellow bellied sapsucker on a feeder for the first time ever. This shows the importance of the feeder counts along with those in the field.

We want to thank all the feeder counts that called in their results. A big thank you to the field counters Ron and Norma Anderson, Sue Larson, Jon And Joan Robertson, Sharon Perkins, Erin Ford, George McGhee, Tom and Becky Johnson, and Russ Williams for his unique sense of humor.

Thank you to Erin Ford and the Webster County Conservation for allowing us the use of the Prairie Resource Building and the unexplained pink flamingos in Dolliver Park that nobody claims to know about, which left everyone laughing at lunch.

Finally, a huge thank you to Hans Madsen from The Messenger. His articles never disappoint which are informative, humorous and entertaining.

If you are interested in getting involved, please join the Webster County Birding on

Breck Johnson

Fort Dodge