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William Young searches the water for birds on Dec. 19 at the Christmas Bird Count. This Audubon-sponsored event takes place annually from Dec. 14-Jan. 5. He spots a blue heron but says the Black-crowned Night-Heron who used to be a regular “in that tree right back there” seems to have disappeared in recent years. And ducks seems to be diminishing while the Double-crested Cormorant population has exploded.

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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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