Break-a-hundred Weekend!

We found a Bay-breasted Warbler along South Road for our count.  This one was found by Curt McDermott near the Pine Boat Launch, giving us killer views.

We found a Bay-breasted Warbler along South Road for our count. This one was found by Curt McDermott near the Pine Boat Launch, giving us killer views.

This weekend at least six teams that I am aware of picked 24 hour periods in which to scour the county for birds with the express intent of seeing one hundred or more species in a day. My Team, consisting of Lance Verderame, Arlene Borko and myself did the count on Friday this year due to a schedule conflict. This was our first time choosing Friday and we lucked out with a front coming through early in the morning Friday, producing torrential rains and thunder and lightning which created a major fallout of birds in the county. At first we were concerned that the heavy rain would wash out our day, but alternating periods of rain, mist and no precipitation at all produced all the conditions we needed to have a great day. We started at the Bashakill at 4 am, and only had a hand full of species before the rains hit. We decided to head up-county to see if anything was put down on the lakes and reservoirs by the storm. It paid off pretty well. Some really nice birds were found. Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, HORNED GREBE and COMMON TERN were all seen. It quickly became clear fallout conditions were occurring. A tiny grove of trees on the college grounds were filled with warblers and the adjacent road side had many sparrows. After hitting all the hot spots, we headed back to the Bashakill. Warblers were everywhere and we would ultimately end our day with 25 species of Warblers! Passerines and marsh birds cooperated, but raptors were few and far between in the cloudy misty conditions. We ended our day at 8:30 pm, having driven 180 miles and walked 5 miles. Our last bird of the day was an American Woodcock. I’ve attached a few shots of some of our special birds.

A breeding plumaged Horned Grebe I found the day before the count was kind enough to hang around for the break.

A breeding plumaged Horned Grebe I found the day before the count was kind enough to hang around for the break.

Our team ended the day with 127 species! Good friend Scott Baldinger and his team which included Debbie Powell and Lee Hunter had a great day too! The count down dinner is tonight, and the winning team will be revealed. Good luck to all who participated. Here is our teams total list of species seen:
1. Canada Goose
2. Wood Duck
3. Mallard
4. Hooded Merganser
5. Common Merganser
6. RUFFED GROUSE
7. Wild Turkey
8. Common Loon
9. Pied-billed Grebe
10. HORNED GREBE
11. Double-crested Cormorant
12. American Bittern
13. Great Blue Heron
14. Green Heron
15. Turkey Vulture
16. Osprey
17. Bald Eagle
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Virginia Rail
20. Common Gallinule
21. Semipalmated Plover
22. Killdeer
23. Spotted Sandpiper
24. Solitary Sandpiper
25. Greater Yellowlegs
26. Lesser Yellowlegs
27. Least Sandpiper
28. American Woodcock
29. Ring-billed Gull
30. COMMON TERN
31. Rock Pigeon
32. Mourning Dove
33. Eastern Screech-owl
34. Barred Owl
35. Whip-poor-will
36. Chimney Swift
37. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
38. Red-bellied Woodpecker
39. Downy Woodpecker
40. Northern Flicker
41. Pileated Woodpecker
42. Eastern Wood-pewee
43. Least Flycatcher
44. Eastern Phoebe
45. Great-crested Flycatcher
46. Eastern Kingbird
47. Yellow-throated Vireo
48. Blue-headed Vireo
49. Warbling Vireo
50. Red-eyed Vireo
51. Blue Jay
52. American Crow
53. Fish Crow
54. Tree Swallow
55. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
56. Bank Swallow
57. Barn Swallow
58. Black-capped Chickadee
59. Tufted Titmouse
60. Red-breasted Nuthatch
61. White-breasted Nuthatch
62. Brown Creeper
63. Carolina Wren
64. House Wren
65. Winter Wren
66. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
67. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
68. Eastern Bluebird
69. Veery
70. Swainson’s Thrush
71. Hermit Thrush
72. Wood Thrush
73. American Robin
74. Gray Catbird
75. Northern Mockingbird
76. Brown Thrasher
77. European Starling
78. Blue-winged Warbler
79. TENNESSEE WARBLER
80. Nashville Warbler
81. Northern Parula
82. Yellow Warbler
83. Chestnut-sided Warbler
84. Magnolia Warbler
85. Black-throated Blue Warbler
86. Yellow-rumped Warbler
87. Black-throated Green Warbler
88. Blackburnian Warbler
89. Pine Warbler
90. Prairie Warbler
91. Palm Warbler
92. BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
93. Blackpoll Warbler
94. CERULEAN WARBLER
95. Black and White Warbler
96. American Redstart
97. Ovenbird
98. Northern Waterthrush
99. Louisiana Waterthrush
100. Common Yellowthroat
101. Wilson’s Warbler
102. Canada Warbler
103. Scarlet Tanager
104. Eastern Towhee
105. Chipping Sparrow
106. Field Sparrow
107. VESPER SPARROW
108. Savannah Sparrow
109. Song Sparrow
110. Lincoln’s Sparrow
111. Swamp Sparrow
112. White-throated Sparrow
113. White-crowned Sparrow
114. Dark-eyed Junco
115. Northern Cardinal
116. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
117. Indigo Bunting
118. Bobolink
119. Red-winged Blackbird
120. Common Grackle
121. Brown-headed Cowbird
122. Baltimore Oriole
123. Purple Finch
124. House Finch
125. American Goldfinch
126. House Sparrow
127. Cliff Swallow

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6 Responses to Break-a-hundred Weekend!

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great job John!!!!!

    Wilma

  2. Wow, John what a great day! I really was a tremendous weekend for birding, there seemed to be birds in every location!

  3. Karen C Miller says:

    Very impressive!

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