Orange County Mearn’s Bird Club Break-a-hundred Day

A singing male Orchard Oriole at Winding Waters Trail was a nice find.

A singing male Orchard Oriole at Winding Waters Trail was a nice find.

The Mearn’s Bird Club held its annual Break-a-hundred Day competition this weekend. The event took place from Friday 5/16 at 4PM until Saturday 5/17 at 4 PM. I participated with team “Whip-poor-will”. This year the team consisted of Lisa O’Gorman, Jodi Brodsky and myself. The contest began under the worst of circumstances. There were torrential downpours from the very start until we finished up at dark on Friday. We ended our Friday count a full twenty species below normal. Undaunted, we met at 4:30 AM on Saturday to pick up where we left off. The rains had passed during the night and we met on Haven Road to a near full moon. The birds were calling immediately. We had Eastern Whip-poor-will, Barred Owl, Common Gallinule and many others before the sun ever came up. We continued on to cover the Orchard and Stop Sign Trail, Haven Road, The Nature Trail and The Deli Fields. The dawn chorus was amazing and we knew that it was going to be a good morning. Many birds had departed overnight, but just as many had come in. We started out at the Nature Trail. Highlights here included many Canada Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers and perhaps the bird of the day, a male CAPE MAY WARBLER! At first difficult to see, I knew I had something good. It finally came in to full view for all of us to see, what a treat, and a lifer for Lisa! Highlights on the Stop Sign Trail included THREE WORM-EATING WARBLERS!!! This was a FOS bird for all of us (and again a lifer for Lisa) and it was amazing to have three of them. Following a full week of have multiple Tennessee Warblers a day, it was a disappointment not to have one this morning. We would ultimately end the day with a respectable 22 species of warblers. Our traditional Marsh birds were a bit of a problem today. We never got a Virginia Rail. The Least Bittern present for several days never called nor was seen (by our team). Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern and Common Gallinule all cooperated. From the Bashakill we headed to Port Orange Road, Six and a half Station Road, the Camel Farm, the Black Dirt Region including Oil City Road, then on to Orange County Airport, Blue Chip Farms and Shawangunk Grasslands. Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS at Blue Chip Farms were a treat to see. We had many great birds for the day. We ended the day with a respectable 118 species! While we don’t expect to win with that total, we had so much fun and so many good birds, we consider ourselves winners overall. We all missed Danny and Jeff this year, but we had a great time anyway! Thanks to Lisa and Jodi for making it a great day! I will post later to let you know who was the ultimate winner of the contest.
Photo ops were few and far between today, but I couldn't help posting a shot of one of four Grasshopper Sparrows we had today.

Photo ops were few and far between today, but I couldn’t help posting a shot of one of four Grasshopper Sparrows we had today.

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