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Kids Bird Count

Kids Bird Count

The Bird Count 4 Kids took place on Sunday, Jan 12. Seven teams of youngsters, armed with binoculars, scopes and enthusiasm, took to the the streets and fields of Sonoma to spot, count and record whatever species of of bird crossed their paths. Along Fryer Creek, Bryan Romero, 7, searches the treetops as his team (Victoria Jarvis, 17; Steve Wolf; team leader Amanda Krauss; Scott Jarvis; Eduardo Romero, 11; and Gail Wolf) also search and identify. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Victoria Jarvis searches the skies as Gail Wolf consults the bird book with Eduardo Romero, 11, and Bryan Romero, 7. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Tom Rusert, one of the local founders of the event, greeted participants as they arrived. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Sometimes the hardest part of birding is waiting for it all to get started. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

For many, the 8:30am Sunday start was just a touch too early. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Victoria Jarvis, 17, a seasoned birder, learned how to use a scope. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Victoria Jarvis, 17, confidently used a scope to identify birds along Fryer Creek. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

With so many birds looking so much the same, attention to the smallest detail made for accurately identifying the species. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Learning how to point out birds was one of the critical skills taught during orientation. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index- Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

An American kestrel, perched high atop a tree, seemed completely unaware of his rock-star status. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Dressing appropriately for the occasion was much in evidence. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Bryan Romero, 7, polished his focusing skills. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Search and Identify - the mantra of the serious birder. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Eduardo Romero, 11, made sure the grownups got the tally right. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Kids Bird Count

Birds, birds, birds. Eduardo Romero, 11, discovered they are everywhere. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)