Twenty-two Lake Erie Bird Club members and guests braved frigid temperatures and snow to participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 1. The Club's count circle includes the Dunkirk Harbor and Airport as well as areas in the townships of Pomfret, Dunkirk, Sheridan, Hanover, Villenova and Arkwright. Participants observed birds in all of these areas as well as at feeders in their yards. A total of 66 species was observed on count day and an additional nine species were reported during the count week, but not on count day. This was the highest count the club has had in about 25 years. The average count is about 58 species. However, the total number of individual birds observed was low at 3,479 birds.