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Weekend Trippin': Christopher's Big Birding Year

Don Hall shares his 11 year-old grandsons ambitious year and love for birding...
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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
 
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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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