Bernie Ladouceur looks through his binoculars at Mud Lake on December 12, 2023, a few days before the 2023 edition of the Bird Count
If you think you're seeing more Canada geese in central Ottawa, Ladouceur says the data backs it up.
Mr. Burrell also noted that loss of forest cover and grasslands reduces habitat and sightings of ruffed grouse and American kestrels.
Interested people can check with Birds Canada to see if there is a count near them.
Birdwatchers budding can share their observations from their own backyard, Mr. Burrell added, while Mr. Ladouceur says they can also be paired with a more experienced person.
This year in Canada, bird counts began on Thursday and continue until January 5.
With information fromAndrew FooteofCBC News