SO 2017


First of all, many thanks to the islanders who hosted, helped, and welcomed visitors during the Springsong weekend!

On May 11th I did my Great Canadian Birdathon to support Bird Studies Canada and PIBO.  This was my second Birdathon and I didn’t have much of a strategy, and felt quite a lot of pressure to find lots of species – my usual job is counting common species. I usually ask advice from those with lots of experience, but this year I made the decision about which day to start and where to check for birds. Of course, I had great support from my co-workers, who were taking care of the banding station.

We hadn’t seen many warblers and flycatchers up until May 10th, which made it hard to decide whether to do the birdathon before or after the weekend. On May 11th I recorded 57 species, including 14 warbler species and lots of flycatchers, on my census, and decided to keep recording for my birdathon. My co-workers at the banding station, however, were quite busy that morning, which made me hesitate to leave the area just in case they got busier. After all they banded 72 birds while I looked for more birds. There were lots of Ovenbirds hanging around – we banded 17 altogether. When I found a bird, it was often an Ovenbird, which didn’t help add new species! I didn’t see any raptors either, even a Red-tailed Hawk and kestrel I had seen the day before. Strong east winds limited bird activity to the west side, along with my ability to catch the bird songs and calls. Ring-necked Pheasant, Chipping Sparrow, and House Finch were some of the species I couldn’t find. I usually hear and see them from the car when I’m driving, but not that day. I still don’t know how I missed a Downy Woodpecker and Yellow-shafted Flicker! Maybe I was focusing too much on looking for more species to hear them? Anyway, for the next time I learned it’s better to have check list to confirm which species I haven’t seen. I didn’t see any rare birds, but whenever I started to give up a new species showed up. A Green Heron flew over me from behind, a Chimney Swift flew across above the canopy, and a big flock of Black-bellied Plovers showed up.

Finally, thank you so much to everyone who sponsored my birdathon. Your support encouraged me a lot! I will do my best next year too!!

Here are the species I recorded on May 11th, 2017.

  1. Common Loon
  2. Horned Grebe
  3. Double-crested Cormorant
  4. Great Blue Heron
  5. Great Egret
  6. Turkey Vulture
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Wood Duck
  9. Mallard
  10. Red-breasted Merganser
  11. Bald Eagle
  12. Northern Harrier
  13. Wild Turkey
  14. Black-bellied Plover
  15. Killdeer
  16. Lesser Yellowlegs
  17. Spotted Sandpiper
  18. Ruddy Turnstone
  19. Dunlin
  20. American Woodcock
  21. Ring-billed Gull
  22. Herring Gull
  23. Great Black-backed Gull
  24. Caspian Tern
  25. Common Tern
  26. Mourning Dove
  27. Black-billed Cuckoo
  28. Chimney Swift
  29. Red-headed Woodpecker
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  31. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  32. “Trail’s” Flycatcher
  33. Least Flycatcher
  34. Eastern Phoebe
  35. Great Crested Flycatcher
  36. Red-eyed Vireo
  37. Warbling Vireo
  38. Blue-headed Vireo
  39. Blue Jay
  40. American Crow
  41. Horned Lark
  42. Purple Martin
  43. N. Rough-winged Swallow
  44. Bank Swallow
  45. Tree Swallow
  46. Barn Swallow
  47. Black-capped Chickadee
  48. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  49. Carolina Wren
  50. House Wren
  51. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  52. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  53. Eastern Bluebird
  54. American Robin
  55. Wood Thrush
  56. Veery
  57. Swainson’s Thrush
  58. Grey Catbird
  59. Brown Thrasher
  60. European Starling
  61. Cedar Waxwing
  62. Northern Parula
  63. Nashville Warbler
  64. Yellow Warbler
  65. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  66. Magnolia Warbler
  67. Cape May Warbler
  68. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  69. Blackburnian Warbler
  70. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  71. Black-throated Green Warbler
  72. Western Palm Warbler
  73. Pine Warbler
  74. Black-and-white Warbler
  75. American Redstart
  76. Ovenbird
  77. Northern Waterthrush
  78. Common Yellowthroat
  79. Canada Warbler
  80. Scarlet Tanager
  81. Northern Cardinal
  82. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  83. Indigo Bunting
  84. Eastern Towhee
  85. Field Sparrow
  86. White-throated Sparrow
  87. White-crowned Sparrow
  88. Song Sparrow
  89. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  90. Brown-headed Cowbird
  91. Red-winged Blackbird
  92. Common Grackle
  93. Baltimore Oriole
  94. American Goldfinch
  95. House Sparrow
  96. Brewater’s Warbler
  97. Green Heron
  98. Northern Mockingbird