The Twelve Days of Christmas Bird Counts

by

Bob Wasilewski

(Sung to the tune of that other popular holiday song)

On the first Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

A kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the second Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the third Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the fourth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the fifth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the sixth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the seventh Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the eighth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Eight evening grosbeaks,

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the ninth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Nine common ravens,

Eight evening grosbeaks,

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the tenth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Ten purple finches,

Nine common ravens,

Eight evening grosbeaks,

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the eleventh Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Eleven Lapland longspurs,

Ten purple finches,

Nine common ravens,

Eight evening grosbeaks,

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

On the twelfth Christmas Bird Count my true love gave to me

Twelve white-winged crossbills,

Eleven Lapland longspurs,

Ten purple finches,

Nine common ravens,

Eight evening grosbeaks,

Seven eastern bluebirds,

Six saw-whet owls,

Five goldeneyes,

Four common loons,

Three horned grebes,

Two rough-legged hawks,

And a kinglet with a crown of ruby.

 

Of course, "true love" refers to birding.

 

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