Ladner beats Victoria in annual Christmas count of bird species

Greater Victoria lost its title for finding most species in B.C.’s annual Christmas bird count by a single species.

Bird watchers in Ladner, Victoria’s traditional rival, counted 141 species this year, compared with Greater Victoria’s 140.

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“We’ll have to get them next year,” said count co-ordinator Ann Nightingale.

The Christmas bird count is conducted on any one day from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 within a 24-kilometre diameter area that stays the same from year to year. There were 21 teams out in the radius centering on the Marigold area of Saanich this year, some of which had more than 15 members fanning out for the count.

Victoria birders earned top crowing rights in 2013, when 144 species were recorded.

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