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“Whish whish whish.” William Young is attempting to draw out the Orange-crowned and the female American Redstart warblers spotted in the bushes by the Boundary Channel earlier on the annual Christmas Bird Count. Young is the official counter for Subsector 5 that encompasses LBJ Memorial Grove. He says “the Orange-crowned Warbler is unusual for this time of the year but the American Redstart is bizarre and the first we’ve seen on the count in the 25 years I have been counting.”

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Arlington: Young Leads 25th Christmas Bird Count

Spotting some new species locally and missing others.

It is 7 a.m. at Theodore Roosevelt Island on Dec. 19, windy and expected to warm up to the 40s. Almost seven hours later, Bill Young and his team of eight will have recorded 2,533 birds with 60 different species in Subsector 5 for the Audubon's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count.


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