"For birders, spring migration is a difficult time to remain at or near home, but under the circumstances it needed to be done. So this challenge became a fun activity to get out and see what birds are close to home. Western Cuyahoga Audubon accepted the challenge with 21 members and guests of WCAS stepping up and finding 102 species over the 24 hour period. Wow." ~ Nancy Howell, Compiler
Socially Distanced Birding Challenge
By Nancy Howell
I’m usually in for a challenge, especially when it comes to tallying birds. Dayton Audubon challenged other Audubon chapters in Ohio to the Socially Distanced Birding Challenge, to find as many birds around your home, neighborhood or nearby greenspace, in the county in which you live. This challenge took place in a 24 hour period - Friday, May 1 at 5 PM through Saturday, May 2 at 5 PM. For birders, spring migration is a difficult time to remain at or near home, but under the circumstances it needed to be done. So this challenge became a fun activity to get out and see what birds are close to home.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon accepted the challenge with 21 members and guests of WCAS stepping up and finding 102 species over the 24 hour period. Wow. Here in northern Ohio, spring migration is ramping up and not quite at peak, while southern Ohio is further ahead. So how well did we do? The following is the list of species seen or heard by participants.
Thank you to the these participants:
Michelle Brosius, Katie Buerger, Christopher Burrows, Martha Burrows, Steve Cagan, Linda Coulter, Gloria Ferris, LeAnne H., Mary Ann Henderson, Heather Hodges, Nancy Howell, Mary Lou Hura, Josh Jeffi, Paula Lozano, Liz McQuaid, Maureen Meslovich, Kim Miske, Earl Peck, Allen Rand, Rand (sorry that’s all the email name that was there), and the Tucholski Family.
A shout out goes to Kathy Murphy for submitting a list of birds from Medina County. Since there was not a compiler for Medina County and Kathy is a Western Cuyahoga member, we felt it was important to include her list in the competition. The Medina Co. list was entered separately from the list above with 45 species noted:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Killdeer, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, America Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, House Finch, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Indigo Bunting.
Here’s one caveat of this Socially Distanced Birding Challenge - at least the weather was warmer than the Christmas Bird Count.
Download: Socially Distanced Birding Challenge May 1-2, 2020 Report by Nancy Howell, Compiler (PDF)
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