For the legions of birders who thought that this would be the winter when the Fyke Nature Association finally wrested the highly vaunted Crowphy trophy from Bergen Audubon, I have some troubling news.
This year, on the Christmas Bird Count, Fyke tallied 82 species. A 12-bird handicap meant that the BCAS needed to record 95 birds to retain the blackbird.
Lo and behold, the BCAS announced at its meeting on Wednesdsay night they indeed had seen 95 species -- thus retaining the trophy. This means Fyke's handicap will be 13 birds next winter. Some year we will win.
Above, BCAS president Don Torino accepts the Crowphy from an arguably embittered Fyke President Mike Limatola.