Breaking the Bird Barrier

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Breaking the Bird Barrier

Today was a beautiful day for birding – temperature in the low twenties, sunshine, cool breeze and companions to bird with (thanks Barbara, Francine and Georges). This was the annual Baillie Birdathon during which we were sponsored to see as many species as possible and thereby to raise money for Bird Studies Canada and the MBO. Other teams were on the same quest but our team is a green team and we did the whole thing on foot, starting at 6 in the morning with the MBO census round and then quartering the arboretum. Inevitably this means we didn’t get as many species as teams ranging further afield will have achieved, but our souls are¬†clean and pure ūüôā and we didn’t emit¬†any carbon emissions in our quest.

For all that we were self-restricted in our area covered, we were able to do it in greater depth than e would had wee been dashing about on four wheels and by the end of the day could lay claim to 73 species (personal) or 74 (adding one seen after I had sloped off home for a cup of tea).

I also added 17 species to my personal patch list for the year which now has broken through the bird barrier and stands at 115 species in total.

My¬†new patch birds today were the following: Least Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Hermit Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Blackpoll Warbler, Common Loon (a flyover), Green Heron, Red-shouldered Hawk, Virginia rail, Solitary Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Eastern kingbird, House Wren, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson’s Warbler, savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow.)¬†

The 73/74 species seen during the day were these … #74 (see above for explanation) was an American Wigeon


Wood Duck Warbling Vireo Magnolia Warbler
Mallard Red-eyed Vireo Blackburnian Warbler
Common Loon Blue Jay Yellow Warbler
Great Blue Heron American Crow Chestnut-sided Warbler
Green Heron Tree Swallow Blackpoll Warbler
Turkey Vulture Barn Swallow Black-throated Blue Warbler
Cooper’s Hawk Cliff Swallow Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk Black-capped Chickadee Black-throated Green Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk Red-breasted Nuthatch Wilson’s Warbler
Virginia Rail White-breasted Nuthatch Chipping Sparrow
Solitary Sandpiper Brown Creeper Savannah Sparrow
Ring-billed Gull House Wren Song Sparrow
Herring Gull Swainson’s Thrush Swamp Sparrow
Great Horned Owl Hermit Thrush White-throated Sparrow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird American Robin Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Gray Catbird Northern Cardinal
Downy Woodpecker Brown Thrasher Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Hairy Woodpecker European Starling Indigo Bunting
Northern Flicker Cedar Waxwing Bobolink
Pileated Woodpecker Ovenbird Red-winged Blackbird
Least Flycatcher Northern Waterthrush Common Grackle
Eastern Phoebe Tennessee Warbler Brown-headed Cowbird
Great Crested Flycatcher Nashville Warbler Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Kingbird Common Yellowthroat American Goldfinch
American Redstart



Our walking route was approximately as shown in this image, red out and yellow back:


Finally, the usual photo gallery (note, if you are reading this via email you will have to visit the webpage to see these photos). The camera was humped all day but there was little chance to stop and compose as photography was not the main object of our effort:






By |2014-05-20T17:51:12+00:00May 20th, 2014|arboretum, BIGBY, birding, birds, green birding, MBO|2 Comments


  1. alisonhackney 2014-05-24 at 12:11 - Reply

    fantastic, Richard! nice photos and thanks for sharing the map.
    our team, the Specialty Species Spotters, travelled by bike and foot as far as Cap-St-Jacques. we got 86 species.

  2. Richard 2014-05-24 at 14:21 - Reply

    You did well, Alison – thanks for your comment

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