Annual Birdathon

Team Baldpate with leader Tyler Christensen finished with 76 species. Highlights included 19 species of warblers, several Swainson’s Thrushes, and an amazing show put on by a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Check out these happy birders!

Join us on Saturday, May 13!

Birdathon is WCAS’s only annual fundraising event

On Birdathon day, birders throughout the region attempt to record as many species of birds as possible within a 24-hour period. Some birders list birds at their feeders and in their backyards, while others set out across the state to get the longest list possible. WCAS officers and affiliates also lead Birdathon teams at some of our region’s popular birding hotspots. Birdathon teams include Baldpate Mountain, Mercer Meadows (the “Pole Farm”), Institute Woods (Institute for Advanced Study)/Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge, and Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. All participants’ results are added to a master list.

Donors may choose to pledge an amount for each species observed by birders during the Birdathon event, or simply to donate a fixed amount. Since many donors pledge an amount per species seen, the longer the list at the end of the day, the more successful the fundraiser. Proceeds from the Birdathon help support WCAS and its education, research, and conservation initiatives. Included among these projects are the Nicoya Peninsula Avian Research Station, the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station.

Prizes are awarded to the individual who sees the most species, and to the individual who makes the highest donation.

Birdathon ‘17 Details:

Birdathon ’17 is just around the corner! Join us at the height of spring migration on International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday May 13. Our only fundraiser of the year brings together people who love birds and the environment for a friendly competition to spot as many species as possible during that day. Everyone is invited to join one of the WCAS‐guided walks. You do not need to be an expert birder to participate. We ask members and friends to pledge their support with a generous donation, or an incentive pledge‐perbird‐species found.

For a great cause

Birdathon proceeds make it possible to continue our local educational outreach, research and conservation efforts. They help further our understanding of both our year‐round resident and migrating bird species, and enable us to share birding insights and knowledge in a variety of community programs. WCAS also supports the research efforts of Hannah Suthers at the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding and Research Station and Tyler Christensen’s Northern Saw-whet Owl monitoring program in Mercer County with purchases of essential research equipment and birding gear supported by your generosity.

You can participate

  • Come out and bird with us! Join one of our guided teams on Saturday, May 13 and spend as much time as you wish with us helping to build our list of species, while learning and having fun. All skill levels welcome! A minimum donation of $20 per person is suggested for these special fundraiser walks. Sign up now for your choice using the enclosed form, or email contact.wcas@gmail.com later to register or to request more information. Details and directions for each guided walk will soon be posted on our website.
  • Form your own team: Are you an experienced birder? Do you have a special place you like to bird in the spring? Head out into the field on your own or with friends on May 13, then tally up the number of bird species spotted and submit your list and collected donations to WCAS by May 20. Feel free to ask your friends, family and neighbors to sponsor your efforts!
  • Can’t get out on May 13? Send in your check to show your support for WCAS and its outreach, educational, conservation and research efforts.
  • All contributions are tax‐deductible and are deeply appreciated.
Team Baldpate led by Tyler Christensen (left) found a male Blackburnian Warbler like this one!

163 Species tallied in Birdathon 2016

  1. Cormorant, Double-crested
  2. Heron, Great Blue
  3. Heron, Green
  4. Heron, Black-crowned Night (t)
  5. Egret, Great
  6. Egret, Snowy
  7. Ibis, Glossy
  8. Swan, Mute
  9. Goose, Canada
  10. Duck, Wood
  11. Duck, American Black
  12. Duck, Ruddy
  13. Mallard
  14. Merganser, Common
  15. Vulture, Black
  16. Vulture, Turkey
  17. Osprey (t)
  18. Eagle, Bald (e/t)
  19. Hawk, Cooper’s
  20. Hawk, Red-tailed
  21. Hawk, Broad-winged
  22. Harrier, Northern (e)
  23. Kestrel, American (t)
  24. Kite, Mississippi
  25. Pheasant, Ring-necked
  26. Turkey, Wild
  27. Rail, Clapper
  28. Rail, King
  29. Rail, Virginia
  30. Oystercatcher, American
  31. Plover, Black-bellied
  32. Plover, Semipalmated
  33. Killdeer
  34. Yellowlegs, Greater
  35. Yellowlegs, Lesser
  36. Willet
  37. Sandpiper, Spotted
  38. Sandpiper, Solitary
  39. Turnstone, Ruddy
  40. Knot, Red (e)
  41. Sanderling
  42. Sandpiper, Least
  43. Sandpiper, Pectoral
  44. Sandpiper, Semipalmated
  45. Dunlin
  46. Dowitcher, Short-billed
  47. Dowitcher, Long-billed
  48. Woodcock, American
  49. Gull, Laughing
  50. Gull, Herring
  51. Gull, Great Black-backed
  52. Tern, Forster’s
  53. Tern, Least (e)
  54. Skimmer, Black (e)
  55. Dove, Rock (Pigeon)
  56. Dove, Mourning
  57. Cuckoo, Black-billed
  58. Cuckoo, Yellow-billed
  59. Owl, Great Horned
  60. Whip-poor-will
  61. Swift, Chimney
  62. Hummingbird, Ruby-throated
  63. Kingfisher, Belted
  64. Woodpecker, Red-headed (t)
  65. Woodpecker, Red-bellied
  66. Woodpecker, Downy
  67. Woodpecker, Hairy
  68. Flicker, Northern
  69. Woodpecker, Pileated
  70. Pewee, Eastern Wood
  71. Phoebe, Eastern
  72. Flycatcher, Acadian
  73. Flycatcher, Willow
  74. Kingbird, Eastern
  75. Martin, Purple
  76. Swallow, Tree
  77. Swallow, Northern Rough-winged
  78. Swallow, Cliff
  79. Swallow, Barn
  80. Jay, Blue
  81. Crow, American
  82. Crow, Fish
  83. Chickadee, Black-capped
  84. Chickadee, Carolina
  85. Chickadee, Hybrid (BCxC)
  86. Titmouse, Tufted
  87. Nuthatch, White-breasted
  88. Wren, Carolina
  89. Wren, House
  90. Wren, Marsh
  91. Kinglet, Ruby-crowned
  92. Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray
  93. Bluebird, Eastern
  94. Veery
  95. Thrush, Gray-cheeked
  96. Thrush, Swainson’s
  97. Thrush, Wood
  98. Robin, American
  99. Catbird, Gray
  100. Mockingbird, Northern
  101. Thrasher, Brown
  102. Waxwing, Cedar
  103. Starling, European
  104. Vireo, White-eyed
  105. Vireo, Solitary (Blue-headed)
  106. Vireo, Yellow-throated
  107. Vireo, Warbling
  108. Vireo, Red-eyed
  109. Warbler, Blue-winged
  110. Warbler, Bay-breasted
  111. Warbler, Blackpoll
  112. Warbler, Black-and-white
  113. Warbler, Blackburnian
  114. Warbler, Black-throated Blue
  115. Warbler, Black-throated Green
  116. Warbler, Canada
  117. Warbler, Cerulean
  118. Warbler, Chestnut-sided
  119. Warbler, Hooded
  120. Warbler, Magnolia
  121. Warbler, Nashville
  122. Warbler, Pine
  123. Warbler, Prairie
  124. Warbler, Prothonotary
  125. Warbler, Yellow
  126. Warbler, Yellow-rumped
  127. Warbler, Yellow-throated
  128. Warbler, Wilson’s
  129. Warbler, Worm-eating
  130. Ovenbird
  131. Parula, Northern
  132. Redstart, American
  133. Waterthrush, Louisiana
  134. Waterthrush, Northern
  135. Yellowthroat, Common
  136. Chat, Yellow-breasted
  137. Tanager, Scarlet
  138. Tanager, Summer
  139. Cardinal, Northern
  140. Grosbeak, Rose-breasted
  141. Bunting, Indigo
  142. Towhee, Eastern (Rufous-sided)
  143. Sparrow, Chipping
  144. Sparrow, Field
  145. Sparrow, Savannah (t)
  146. Sparrow, Grasshopper (t)
  147. Sparrow, Saltmarsh
  148. Sparrow, Seaside
  149. Sparrow, Song
  150. Sparrow, Swamp
  151. Sparrow, White-crowned
  152. Sparrow, White-throated
  153. Bobolink (t)
  154. Blackbird, Red-winged
  155. Meadowlark, Eastern
  156. Grackle, Boat-tailed
  157. Grackle, Common
  158. Cowbird, Brown-headed
  159. Oriole, Baltimore (Northern)
  160. Oriole, Orchard
  161. Finch, House
  162. Goldfinch, American
  163. Sparrow, House