Created: 12/12/2013 5:33 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque native Raymond VanBuskirk has been an avid bird-watcher for most of his life. It's taken him from Ecuador to the Arctic.
It's all to look at birds, but there are plenty to see in his own backyard.
"Some of the most common ones we see in the winter are the cranes, the geese, ducks, sparrows, even gulls and herrings," VanBuskirk said.
This weekend, he'll be heading up the Christmas Bird Count in Albuquerque. It's a census that counts the numbers of bird species in a given area.
Here in the metro, the Audubon Society has been noticing some new beaks, like the Pine Warbler, which is normally found in the Southeast.
"In the past eight years, we've been documenting them with some regularity in the winter," Raymond stated.
However, some bird species are declining in the area, such as the Spotted Towhee and Bewick's Wren.
"When we clear vegetation from them in the Bosque, that leaves less areas for these birds to breed," he said.
A few years ago, they counted 123 species. They're hoping for more this season.
You can help counting the birds with Raymond this Sunday, December 15th. His group will be meeting at the Sprouts on Alameda and Corrales Road around sunrise.
If you'd like more information, click on the link below.