The Bufflehead Birder

December 14, 2008

Announcing the 2008 Xmas Tree Bird Count


I’m sure many of you are taking part in the 2008 Audubon Xmas Bird Count, as am I, but what about the 2008 Xmas Tree Bird Ornament¬†Count?

The rules are simple:

Photograph any holiday ornament bird that could attach to an evergreen tree via wire, string, hooks, or clips. It is okay to have the hook or whatever visible in shot.

You do not need to be a birder or even a photographer to submit.

It does NOT have to be in a Xmas tree. You may photograph it by a feeder, in a tree, in a mist net, being banded, basically any place a bird might be found.

Any type of photography equipment is acceptable, even a disposable camera.

It is not mandatory, but it is fun to include a name, life history facts, and type of camera and lens used to capture its image.

Also, let me know what name (if any) and hometown / state to put with the photo submission/s, and if you have a blog or website link you would like included.

Since this is the first year of this count, there is no limit to number of submissions per person. I’m entering all 9 of my bird ornaments.

Then submit your image/s to You may also send any other questions to this email as well and I’ll be glad to answer them.

This is not a competition, just some fun with our photography equipment.

All submissions will be posted December 25th.

Beaded Tanager.jpg

Beaded Tanager


  1. [...] Christmas Bird Count?” let’s address its little known cousin, the Xmas Tree Bird Count. The Bufflehead Birder has the details on a fun, festive way to celebrate the avian ornament fetishes I suspect so many of you harbor! [...]

    Pingback by Christmas Tree Bird Count? — December 16, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Wow, I love that bird!

    Comment by Left Handed Birder — December 18, 2008 @ 2:04 am

  3. Great idea. I have a post on my bird ornaments planned for tomorrow. I’ll need to do this one too this week.

    Comment by Patrick — December 19, 2008 @ 1:44 am

  4. [...] While we know that many members of the Nature Blog Network either plan to participate in the 109th annual Christmas Bird Count (or in some cases have already done so - you eager beavers, you!), the Nature Blog Network Blog team thought you might like an opportunity to participate in another holiday bird count that doesn’t require you to get up early, spend the day living on baloney sandwiches and thermos coffee, or freeze your tuchas off: The 2008 Xmas Tree Bird Count. [...]

    Pingback by Nature Blog Network » Good of the Order - 2008 Xmas Tree Bird Count — December 21, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

  5. I’m glad you all liked the beaded tanager. I look forward to checking out your sites, too.

    Comment by admin — January 3, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

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