The York County Audubon Society held its annual Christmas Bird Count for Biddeford and Kennebunkport on Jan 2. A total of 11,500 birds were recorded, the lowest count in three years. The most common bird at feeders was the American goldfinch, such as the male shown here at a feeding station in Arundel. A total of 552 were recorded. Overall, the herring gull produced the biggest count with a total of 950. Other species of note were the Eastern bluebird with 67. The most unusual species this year was a single little blue heron seen at Goosefare Brook. The York County Audubon Christmas Bird Count is part of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, now in its 116th year and the longest running wildlife census in the world. The count is taken entirely by teams of volunteers. York County Audubon’s bird count was organized 55 years ago. (Kevin A. Byron photo) 2p1.jpg