Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Avian enthusiasts brave rain for annual bird count

Ed Vine's tan baseball cap reads: "Life is Simple. Eat. Sleep. Bird." But on Sunday, that wasn't the clearest sign of the Berkeley resident's enthusiasm for the unconventional hobby of birding. It was the fact that - despite the wind and rain and cold, and even with flooded, muddy trails that threatened to swallow boots whole - he got out at the crack of dawn to take part in the East Bay's annual Christmas Bird Count. "We tend to say 'wow' a lot," admitted Vine, 60, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, after a chorus of appreciation was offered up for a great blue heron that lived up to its name. More>