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Birdathon 2006 Results

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

This year’s Birdathon (a 24-hour species count to raise contributions for the Mass Audubon, specifically for the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. We didn’t see much, and certainly not a King Rail, but we did see a few swans through the fog and darkness.

Our Saturday began with a quick stop in North Andover for a Yellow-crowned Night Heron. This was the highlight of the day. Most of the rest of the day was spent on Plum Island at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, save a few minutes spent upgrading Elizabeth’s binoculars to a new pair (her old ones were completely overtaken by interior fogging). We did see a Snowy Owl on the island, but missed most of our regular (and irregular) birds there because of the conditions. Our day ended at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Here’s the species count (36):

  • Common Loon
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Snowy Egret
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  • Canada Goose
  • Brant
  • Gadwall
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Willet
  • Rock Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Snowy Owl
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Barn Swallow
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Here are a few pictures to show the beautiful weather:

Keith birding