Contests & Special Counts
Sullivan County Audubon held its annual "Feathered
Frenzy" contest on the Feb 14-15 weekend. Twelve birders formed
five teams and scoured the county in twenty-four hour periods to see
who could find the most species. We had several surprises and a really
great time, coming up with a combined total of 59 species, the second-highest
in the 7 years we have been doing this crazy winter contest.
Highlights included an adult male BOHEMIAN
WAXWING found by Valerie Freer in a crabapple tree in Grahamsville.
She was able to contact most of the other participants who
got to see the
bird, a lifer for many! Another highlight was an "Owl prowl" which
resulted in Great Horned, Barred, Eastern Screech and SAW-WHET
Owls being found with Renee Davis’ leadership. Some other good
sightings included: Hooded Merganser, Goldeneye, Bufflehead,
Red-shouldered Hawk, Rough-legged
Hawk, GLAUCOUS GULL, Flicker, Fish Crow, Raven, Horned Lark,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet,
E Bluebird, Hermit Thrush,
Robin (abundant), Brown-headed Cowbird, Redpoll, Pine Siskin,
and Evening Grosbeak. Two notable species that no one could
find were Mockingbird
and Cedar Waxwing! The level of competition is indicated
by the fact that each of the 5 teams found 40 or more species!
The leaders were John
Haas and Diane Sheridan who found the most species (48) on Saturday.
Thanks to all the participants who made
it a great time, and thanks to Ruth Shursky for hosting he countdown
Haas and Valerie Freer