Baillie Birdathon 2011 Results

8:04 PM

Well we did it! Team Natura Birders completed the Baillie Birdathon on May 16/17, 2011. We went from 1:00 pm on May 16th to 1:00 pm on the 17th and in that time spotted 113 different species of birds!!!! We were all very happy with our results (our final bird list is posted below).

As I mentioned in a previous post our team was made up of 4 birders pictured below.

From left to right: Dr. Jenny Montgomery, Kristen Martyn, Jenn Sinasac and Dr. Scott Taylor. Team Natura Birders!

We choose to complete most of the count in Rondeau Provincial Park. 334 Species of birds have been recorded in Rondeau and 134 of these species nest in the park. In addition to the bird life, Rondeau is home to a wide variety of mammal, reptile, amphibian and plant species.

Together the four of us braved awful weather to participate in the count. It was raining and cold enough for us to need a hat and gloves (even though none of us had any!). But despite the weather the birding was still very good. With a grand total of 113 (3 species more than my results from the Baillie Birdathon in 2009) we were all very happy with the results. We counted both visual sightings and calls from species that can be difficult to observe (i.e. Virginia Rails). Perhaps our most interesting sighting was a male Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. This bird is a rare sighting as these species are not residents of Ontario, they are very occasional visitors.

Each of us had our favourite sighting of this year's count.

Jenny's favourite sighting: Scarlet Tanager. "It was great to finally see this bird because it eluded us for so long and it was one of the last birds of the day!"

Kristen's favourite sighting: Whip-Poor-Will. "I have heard this species calling in the evenings for as long as I can remember, but have never actually seen a Whip-Poor-Will. It was exciting to finally have the opportunity to see one."

Jenn's favourite sighting: Cattle Egret. "This bird in particular was in beautiful breeding plumage, and the first time I have seen this species in Ontario. Although I have seen plenty in Central and South America, it was a little reminder of the tropics for me!"

Scott's favourite sighting: Cattle Egret. "I had never seen one in Rondeau and I thought it was interesting to find it beside a flooded playground."

Here are a few images from our Baillie Birdathon in Rondeau Provincial Park.

Rondeau Visitor's Center bird feeders.

Yellow Warblers were by far the most abundant warbler in the park.

One birder in the park observed that there were so many Yellow Warblers that if you had thrown a hula-hoop into the forest there would be at least seven warblers in the hoop!

Tennessee Warbler.

Common Yellowthroat.

Chestnut-Sided Warbler.

Chestnut-Sided Warbler.

Black-Throated Green Warbler.

Blackburnian Warbler.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Female Scarlet Tanager, the bird that eluded us for almost the whole day.
We spotted her within the last 30 minutes of the birdathon.

Hatchling Killdeer.

First year male Orchard Oriole.

Eastern Wood-Pewee.

The Cattle Egret.

The Cattle Egret, marching on a log.

Eastern Chipmunk.

Leaf of a Tulip Tree.

Baillie Birdathon Species List- May 17/18, 2011
  1. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  2. Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
  3. Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
  4. Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
  5. Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
  6. Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
  7. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  8. Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
  9. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
  10. Great Egret (Ardea alba)
  11. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  12. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  13. Coopers Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
  14. Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  15. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
  16. Merlin (Falco columbarius)
  17. Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
  18. Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
  19. American Coot (Fulica americana)
  20. Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
  21. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
  22. Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
  23. American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
  24. Ring-Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
  25. Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
  26. Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
  27. Greater Black-Backed Gull (Larus marinus)
  28. Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
  29. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  30. Rock-Pigeon (Columba livia)
  31. Whip-Poor-Will (Caprimulgus vociferus)
  32. Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
  33. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
  34. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
  35. Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  36. Red-Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
  37. Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
  38. Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
  39. Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
  40. Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
  41. Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
  42. Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)
  43. Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
  44. Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
  45. Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
  46. Blue-Headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
  47. Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  48. American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
  49. Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
  50. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
  51. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  52. Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
  53. Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
  54. Purple Martin (Progne subis)
  55. Northern-Rough Winged-Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
  56. Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
  57. Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
  58. Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
  59. White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
  60. House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
  61. Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
  62. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
  63. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
  64. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
  65. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
  66. Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
  67. Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
  68. Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
  69. Gray-Cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
  70. Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
  71. Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
  72. Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
  73. Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
  74. Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
  75. Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)
  76. Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
  77. Black-Throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
  78. Myrtle Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
  79. Bay-Breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea)
  80. Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
  81. Black-Throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)
  82. Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia)
  83. Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis)
  84. Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
  85. Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
  86. Chestnut-Sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica)
  87. American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
  88. Yellow-Throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica dominica)
  89. Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
  90. Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
  91. Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
  92. Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
  93. Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  94. Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
  95. Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
  96. Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
  97. White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
  98. White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
  99. Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
  100. Slate-Coloured Junco (Junco hyemalis)
  101. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
  102. Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
  103. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
  104. Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
  105. Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
  106. Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
  107. Brown-Headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
  108. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  109. American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
  110. House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
  111. Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
  112. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
  113. European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
If you would like to support team Natura Birder's Birdathon efforts please visit our fundraising page by clicking here. All donations go to support Bird Studies Canada and the important work that this organization does.

Next year's Baillie Birdathon Goal...120 species!

Good Birding!

~ Kristen Martyn

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