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Birdathon Team Report 2017

By Cate Forsyth


What is a birdathon? A group gets a sponsor, a relative, friend or coworker to pledge a set amount for each bird species that is identified. For example, your sponsor might pledge $1 for each bird you identify. Then, you go out with others in your group and identify as many birds as you can. At the end of the day you count the bird species you have all identified and collect donations from your sponsors.


Our two experienced teams, The Karismatic Kestrels and the Whidbey Wing-Dings, each reported over 100 bird species during their day of birding! They were joined by a new team of novice birders, the Perched to Win team. Marlene Meyer led the novice team, she was joined by eight other members and reported they had a wonderful time


The Karismatic Kestrels team was led by Andy McCormick and included Carol Ray, Maureen Smith, Nancy Hubly and Mick Thompson. The team began in Redmond, went to Sammamish and then headed eastward. They visited Rattlesnake Lake, Hyak, the Railroad Ponds in Cle Elem, the Swauk Prairie and Old Vantage Road. Their last sighting was at Dodson Road and Birders Corner. A few of their highlights included singing Black Headed Grosbeaks and Bullocks Oriole’s, a stunning Mountain Bluebird and several American Kestrels, the team mascot. The team finished with 109 species for the day.


The Whidbey Wing Dings headed westward. Led by Hugh Jennings, the team included Sharon Aagaard, Margaret Snell and Stan Wood. Catching the 5:05am ferry to Whidbey Island, they birded their way up Whidbey Island and then came back by way of the Skagit valley and the Stillaguamish River. They saw numerous Wrens, Warblers, Herons, Grebes, Hawks and finished the day with a sighting of a Bank Swallow. They recorded 98 species by lunch at noon. They added 9 after lunch for a total of 107 species. The full report from each team will be available on the website.

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