Highlights from the 2016 Wallace Birdathon
This year’s new format for the Wallace Birdathon was highly successful! It saw five expert birders cover each one of our nature reserves and together our birders identified a total of 106 species. Here are some of the highlights.
Margaret Bain at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre was joined on May 19 by Maureen Riggs and Karin Fawthrop. Margaret managed to find four species not seen by any others: Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe and Northern Parula.
Roger Frost at the Leckey Nature Reserve: Roger’s best birds on May 23 were Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Blue-winged Warbler. He also saw a “Brewster’s” Warbler, a hybrid between Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers.
David Geale at the Pelton Nature Reserve did his survey on May 6, before many migrants had arrived. His Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Meadowlark and Red Crossbill were not reported by anyone else.
Doug McRae at the Chub Point Nature Reserve: Tom Jackman went with Doug as he checked out this small property on May 28. True to its wetland nature,they had a spectacular close-up look at a Virginia Rail, and a Green Heron flew over. Other good birds were Red-bellied Woodpecker and Blackpoll Warbler, seen at no other property.
Ben Walters at the McEwen Nature Reserve: Simone Merey and Anne Tesluk had their first look at this property as they birded with Ben for part of his time there on May 20-21. The best birds reported were Osprey, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Sparrow and White-winged Crossbill, and Eastern Newts were seen at the pond.
We are still adding up the sponsorships, but they should total over $2000; many thanks to all donors and, of course, to our five expert birders as well as our members and friends who accompanied them. The winners of the contest to guess this total were Molly Leckey (who guessed 97) and Martha Oldham (115).