Article by Clay Barbour for the Charlotte Observer
Dec. 28, 2008
Taylor Piephoff and Greg Hayes came to the Renaissance Golf Course Saturday in search of birdies.
Of course, there's nothing unusual about that.
But unlike the others traipsing around the greens in the early morning fog, Piephoff and Hayes were using binoculars instead of 9-irons.
The two men were among a group of 22 area birders helping with the National Audubon Society's 109th annual Christmas Bird Count, a national effort to catalog bird populations among growing metropolitan areas.More than 120 Carolinas bird groups are taking part in the count this year, which started Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 5. Results are due by mid-January. The Mecklenburg Audubon has held