Lenore Swenson, Sandra Paci, and Donna Evans teamed up on the International Migratory Bird Day Birdathon and observed 115 species in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 11, raising over $13,000 for the Cerulean Warbler Fund in remembrance of Starr Saphir. They put on a remarkable display of birding skill and endurance!
Donations are still being accepted. Contact Sandra Paci if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team birded for over 14 hours. They began at 6:30 a.m. in Prospect Park, where rain and dark skies made it difficult to see birds. Still they had 69 species there, including 17 warblers, with Cape May and Blackburnian on the list.
Then they went to Greenwood Cemetery to see Monk Parakeet. Then to Owl’s Head Park, where they had Purple Finch and Indigo Bunting.
Next it was Gravesend Bay for Purple Sandpiper. Then Dreier Offerman Park where they saw a Killdeer on its nest with eggs.
At Gerritsen Creek they had Least Tern and Willet. At Marine Park they added seven more species, including Clapper Rail, Common Loon, and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
Finally they added seventeen more species at Jamaica Bay, including Tricolored Heron and American Woodcock.