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Eagles among top birds seen in annual count

In late December, a group of residents gathered along different parts of Mosquito Lake to count the number of various species of birds.

The annual event, called the Christmas bird count, took place Dec. 20 and involved bird watchers recording data on the number of bird species they saw that day in Trumbull County.

Howland resident Carol Babyak said the Trumbull County bird count usually takes place the third Sunday in December and the data is sent to the National Audubon Society for placement on their website.

The first Chritsmas bird count was conducted on the East Coast in 1900.

Babyak said this year’s local data was taken on what she described as “a very dull day with morning rain and a high temperature of 35.” A group of bird watchers saw 20 eagles at one time, including four adults and 16 immatures at the northern part of the lake in Mecca. A total count of eagles was 34.

Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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