I started my Baillie Birdathon at 5 am Thursday morning and continued through Friday.
I exceeded both of my goals, which were to raise $500 and to see 80 species. As of this writing, I’ve raised $2,215 and saw 84 species! The first species I saw was a Tree Swallow and the last was a Ring-necked Duck.
I counted birds around our house and farm, the neighbors’ pasture across the road, my grandparents’ yard, the local Provincial Park, and a friend’s yard.
Thank you to everyone who supported my birdathon with donations and encouragement! Special thank yous to David, Ted, Paul, and Mr. C!
All the species I saw:
Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Harrier, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruffed Grouse*, Gray Partridge, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Willet, Marbled Godwit*, Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Bonapart’s Gull, Black Tern, Forster’s Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove*, Great Horned Owl*, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Sprague’s Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.
Some of the birds I saw during my Birdathon:
A Tree Swallow (digiscoped),
A female Northern Shoveler (digiscoped),
A Chipping Sparrow (digiscoped),
A Bonaparte’s Gull on a dock (digiscoped),
Two Forster’s Terns were there too (digiscoped),
A Chipping Sparrow nest,
A Common Loon (digiscoped),
Cinnamon Teal (digiscoped),
I had a wonderful time doing the Baillie Birdathon again and I can’t wait to see what next year will bring!
* indicates heard only