Volunteers count 6,220 birds in NYC's Central Park

Central Park has gone to the birds. Birdwatchers have counted 6,220 birds and 59 bird species in New York City's Central Park.

December 20, 2010 3:43:38 AM PST
Birdwatchers have counted 6,220 birds and 59 bird species in New York City's Central Park.

Sunday's 111th annual Christmas Bird Count found some birds that are rarely spotted in New York this time of year such as the red-headed woodpecker.

The count was undertaken by teams of birdwatchers guided by park rangers. They spent the morning canvassing the Manhattan park's 843 acres.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says the total number of birds was boosted by good weather.

The results of the bird count will be added to the results of other counts across the nation. The tallies will help paint a picture of how bird populations have changed over the past century.


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