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Another Successful Birdathon

Last post 06-01-2017 5:01 PM by Mike Werner. 1 replies.
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  • 06-01-2017 7:29 AM

    Another Successful Birdathon

    Well, another Great Canadian Birdathon has been completed. Team "Not Two Swifts", consisting of Serge Gendron, Mark Milton and myself, spent the day of Sunday, May 28th trying to find as many bird species as we could in south Timiskaming during a single 24-hour period.

    The Great Canadian Birdathon (formerly the Baillie Birdathon) is the largest annual fundraising effort to support bird research and education in Canada, and has been run every year since it was established in 1976. Team "Not Two Swifts" was proud to join thousands of other Canadians from coast to coast in support of this effort.

    A percentage of the funds raised locally this year will go directly to the Hilliardton Marsh.  A hearty "Thank You" goes out to all of those who have already financially supported our efforts.  If you did not get a chance to sponsor us before count day, please note that you can still sponsor us until the end of 2017 by following this link: http://birdscanada.kintera.org/birdathon/mwerner .

    We had a very enjoyable day of birding on Sunday. The forecasted rain showers avoided us for pretty much the entire day, which is more than we would admit for many other days so far this year!  We managed to turn up 98 species this year - not our best year ever, but certainly not our worst either. Since 2010, our Birdathon species totals have been 74, 87, 102, 108, 90, 105 and 102.  As with any attempt to confine yourself to a single day of effort, there were some obvious misses of birds that we fully expected to come across at some point during the day.  These included Trumpeter Swan, Northern Harrier, Ruffed Grouse, Turkey Vulture, Wilson's Snipe, Bonaparte's Gull, Blue Jay, Gray Jay, Brown Creeper, Eastern Bluebird and Lincoln's Sparrow, to name a few that we were expecting to pick up.

    On the flip side, we picked up some really nice birds again this year. Black Terns are back at Hilliardton Marsh, representing yet another year of continuous occupation there since 1997 for this provincially rare species. Clay-colored Sparrows were found along Kap-Kig-Iwan Park Road, right on schedule. We found and photographed a Canada Warbler in Kap-Kig-Iwan Park. We also found Blackpoll Warbler in Englehart, Redhead and Gadwall at the New Liskeard lagoons, a Black-bellied Plover in Earlton, and a pair of Peregrine Falcons.

    Here's the complete list of our 98 species for the day.

    Canada Goose
    Wood Duck
    Gadwall
    American Wigeon
    American Black Duck
    Mallard
    Blue-winged Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Green-winged Teal
    Redhead
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    Bufflehead
    Common Goldeneye
    Hooded Merganser
    Ruddy Duck
    Common Loon
    Pied-billed Grebe
    American Bittern
    Virginia Rail
    Sora
    Sandhill Crane
    Black-bellied Plover
    Semipalmated Plover
    Killdeer
    Dunlin
    American Woodcock
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Ring-billed Gull
    Herring Gull
    Black Tern
    Rock Pigeon
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Hairy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    American Kestrel
    Peregrine Falcon
    Alder Flycatcher
    Least Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    Eastern Kingbird
    Philadelphia Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Tree Swallow
    Bank Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Winter Wren
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Veery
    Swainson's Thrush
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Ovenbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Mourning Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    American Redstart
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Wilson's Warbler
    Chipping Sparrow
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Swamp Sparrow
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Bobolink
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Purple Finch
    Pine Siskin
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow
     

  • 06-01-2017 5:01 PM In reply to

    Birdathon Photos

    Here's a small selection of photos from the Birdathon.

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