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Weekend Trippin': Christopher's Big Birding Year

Friday, April 18, 2014   by: Staff
Don Hall shares his 11 year-old grandsons ambitious year and love for birding...256 species in 12 months to be exact!
He recounts a year of birding adventures with his son and gives readers insight into the best birding areas to visit in and around the Sault
When my grandson Christopher (shown above) decided, at age 11 that it was time to do his first big year, I was a bit skeptical. 
The Big Year, inspired by the movie of the same name, would be an attempt to see as many birds as possible in a 12-month period.
He set a goal of 200 species.
It sounds ambitious but then, Christopher has been birding since he was six and his young eyes and ears are remarkable.

Most birders consider a positive identification by song to be a "sighting" and Christopher can reliably identify bird songs that older folks, even those of us with normal hearing, can't hear at all.
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Montec 125 4/19/2014 7:11:17 AM Report

Nice to hear of a youngster with a passion for birding. Gros Cap bluff and area is a good place this time of year as it enjoys a southerly exposure. Be careful not to fall.
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