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Sunday morning bird walks thrill birders in Champaign County

Love bird watching? Are you not a bird watcher but want to know why people are so interested in our winged friends? Then you can come to Anita Purves Nature Center Sundays this month from 7:30 – 9 a.m., for the Champaign County Audubon Society’s Sunday Morning Bird Walk through Busey Woods.

"These walks are a good way to see the many kinds of birds in our area," said Elizabeth Chato of the Audubon Society. "It is also a great way to enjoy the company of other birders as well as the rich natural surroundings. All ages and level of experience are welcome."

The bird walks are free to the public. This is the 44th straight year of the bird walks. Between 10 and 30 attend each walk. An experienced bird watcher leads each walk.

The bird watchers have logged 242 different birds in Busey Woods over the years. And, this time of year is a good time to watch birds as many species are migrating.

Chato added, "We have about 30 species of warblers which pass through. Also a variety of sparrows, hawks, finches and much more."

“We had an American Eagle fly over on a walk this fall.”

Chato recommends people bring their binoculars. The Anita Purves Nature Center has a limited number of binoculars that people can borrow for a small deposit, but they need to reserve the binoculars on Saturday. Children are welcome on the bird walk but they should be accompanied by an adult.

Be sure to enjoy nature Sunday mornings this October.


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