American goldfinch

What the hell's flying around your back yard? You should find out. Then you should tell the members of Columbus Audubon, which is participating in the national Christmas Bird Count, running through Jan. 5.

Says the National Audubon Society:

"Each of the citizen scientists who brave snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count make an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action."

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