My Baillie Birdathon date, May 30 is coming up very quickly, and I’m getting very excited! I have started making lists of probable species, possible species, and very unlikely species that I might see, and I am trying to plan my route to the minute, but I know when the day comes I’ll probably have to change my route and schedule.
I have been going on bird walks around our property scouting out the best birding places. I also went on a bird walk at our provincial park on Monday (after I took my learner’s test for the second time and passed) and saw Double-crested Cormorants, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Terns. I’m hoping to visit the park during my birdathon in the morning and again in the evening because there are great birds I can see at the park that I can’t find anywhere else around here.
I also am getting a new scope which is very exciting, and it should arrive around the 17th which should give me time to practice with it before the big day comes. I ordered my scope from Pelee Wings in Ontario, with some wonderful help by phone and email from Michael Malone; we won’t have the chance any time soon to go to Edmonton to look for a scope, so mail order was my only chance. My mom paid for my scope with her credit card, but once I have enough money in my bank account I will write my parents a cheque for the full amount. I ordered a Swarovski ATM 80 scope, 20-60 zoom eyepiece, and a scope backpack carrier, and a Manfrotto 190 tripod with 128RC head. I know this might seem expensive especially for a young birder, but I wanted to get a scope I can use for my university studies and into my career, and also in my spare time. I think in the end it would be cheaper to buy a good quality, more expensive scope now because I won’t also have the expense of a second, cheaper scope to start with.
I would like to offer a huge thank you to reader Curtis, and Hyde Park Feed & Country Store for their recent donations to my Baillie Birdathon campaign.
My Baillie Birdathon date is set for the 30th of May, and I will have a full post about my birdathon in June. I know I’m going to have a terrific 24 hours!
The pair of Red-breasted Mergansers I saw on Monday,
A Least Chipmunk also seen at the park,