Yesterday three of us traveled from Shawnee to participate in the tenth Pontotoc Ridge Winter Bird Count. When we arrived, two more hikers were added to our group, which covers the loop trail near the Preserve station. Overall, it was a very successful count, with the largest total number of species recorded to date among all the groups. Our hiking group had low numbers of individual birds for many species that are usually abundant, but we managed to pick up most of the species we usually get. We also got a nice look at a cooperative LeConte’s Sparrow. Here is the list of bird species our group observed.