Saturday, February 8, 2014

Big Day for Wild Bird Rescue

Terry McKee told me I haven't posted a summary for the Big Day for Wild Bird Rescue that was held January 4. It's one of those things I was intending to do that somehow in my mind got turned around to me thinking I had done....ever have that happen to you?

We had two teams this year. We met at IHOP for breakfast and to plan strategies.

The more experienced team was Team 1 (me, Brady Surber, Tiffany Surber, Rick Folkening and Katherine Smith). We birded Wilbarger, Archer and Wichita counties. This was our first year with a second team. Sue and Warren King and Chuck Thueson birded primarily Wichita and Clay counties.

Team 1 species list (in order found, not field guide order):

Great horned owl
Red-tailed hawk
Eastern meadowlark
Eastern meadowlark
American kestrel
Northern harrier
Ladder-back woodpecker
Harris' sparrow
Field sparrow
Canada goose
Cackling goose
Loggerhead shrike
White-crowned sparrow
Red-winged sparrow
Hooded merganser
Red-headed woodpecker
American crow
Northern cardinal
Horned lark
Dark-eyed junco
Wild turkey
Black-crested titmouse
Eastern phoebe
Yellow-shafted flicker
Ring-necked duck
Northern bobwhite
European starling
House sparrow
Brown-headed cowbird
Brewer's blackbird
Savannah sparrow
Lark bunting
American pipit
McCowan's Longspur
Chestnut collared longspur
Lapland longspur
Song sparrow
Winter wren
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Carolina chickadee
Sandhill crane
Ferruginous hawk
Blue jay
Eurasian collared dove
Northern mockingbird
Yellow-rumped warbler
Rock pigeon
White pelican
Great blue heron
Ring-billed gull
Green-winged teal
Herring gull
Lesser yellowlegs
Vesper sparrow
Greater white-fronted goose
Least sandpiper
Western sandpiper
Eastern bluebird
Long-billed dowitcher
Greater yellowlegs
Baird's sandpiper
White-winged dove
Great-tailed grackle
American coot
Glaucous gull
Burrowing owl
Greater roadrunner
House finch
Bewick's wren
Brown thrasher
American goldfinch
Black vulture
American wigeon
Prairie falcon
Cooper's hawk
Lesser Scaup
Greater scaup
Northern pintail
Northern shoveler
Black-bellied whistling duck
Mourning dove
Double-crested cormorant
Lincoln's sparrow
American robin

Team 2 was a first-time entry. This is their list (again, in the order seen.)

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-gilled Grebe
White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
White winged dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker –Yellow
Northern Flicker – Red
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Le Conte’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

I haven't seen a final tally of how much we earned, but I Kate Bukowski at Wild Bird Rescue did tell me that although Team 2 had fewer birds, they out earned Team 1--way to go Team 2! It was the most successful Big Day fundraiser we've had. Thanks to everyone who sponsored/donated for this event!

Good birding!

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