Wednesday, May 9, 2012

OUR FIRST BALLIE BIRD-A-THON

Our team, The F4's; Jim, Lynda, Rob and myself.

Yesterday we took part in our first ever "Ballie Birdathon" to help raise money for Bird Studies Canada. It was a long, but fun and rewarding day. The goal is to see as many species as possible in one, 24hr period. 

Despite the rainy start to our day, which effected our warbler count, we did manage to see 69 species and we even had a lifer in the mix! Traffic snagged us a couple times when we were stuck at 61 species and adrenaline kicked in big time in the last couple hours of daylight.

We would like to personally thank everyone who sponsored us, it was very much appreciated. The work that Bird Studies Canada does is very important. I cannot imagine a world without birds to see and hear, thank you for helping us, help them.  

Our day started at a lovely birding area called Thickson Woods, where we got our one and only owl, a Great Horned, and ended just around the corner from home, where the last bird of the day was a Peregrine Falcon, pretty cool birds to start and end the day with!

Rob or Jim weren't taking nearly as many pictures as they normally do on a bird outing, as we were all on a mission, but here are a few from the day.

A pretty little Palm Warbler.

Swamp Sparrow
Our "Lifer", Lesser Yellowlegs

I always love seeing the cows up at Carden Plain

Looking for birds!
Probably the coolest bird of the day, a Wilson's Snipe.
It's not to late to sponsor us, if not, we'll hit you up next year! ;)
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