Sarasota News Leader

02/08/2013

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ASK OTUS As it was, I received only one question from a reader. It was my editor asking me if I had ever heard of Spell Chick, a device that wood make me spell bettor; or something too that affect. W H E N P E N G U I N S F LY: T H E AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD So, as long as no one asked, here goes! COUNT NETS SOME RARE FINDS The count was a huge success for the team ON SIESTA KEY Dear Readers, as well as for all Siesta residents and visitors to our lovely isle. Everyone, not just the CBC team, has bragging rights to two species of birds that never, ever before have been seen and documented on Siesta Key. And thanks to Rick Greenspun, SK's CBC team leader, readers now have the exquisitely beautiful photographs to prove our claim to fame. Having carefully explained how important the results of the Jan. 5 Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Siesta Key are to the health and well-being of our key's birds and, by extension, its residents, I was expecting hundreds of letters from readers anxiously asking, "Well, how did it go? Is it safe to eat Seventy-seven species of birds were sought, that bay-caught Red Drum I filleted and froze found and "checked" off the list. Can you name 20 bird species? "Seagull," "little bird" last month?" A Razorbill/Photo courtesy of Rick Greenspun

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