Central Westchester Audubon Society
Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Purchase, Rye, Rye Brook, Port Chester and White Plains
P.O. Box 359, White Plains, NY 10602
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Birdathon 2014
Saturday, May 10, 7 AM (Rain Date Sat., May 17)
Meet at 7 AM at Education House for Carpooling

All birders and potential birders, from beginner to advanced, are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of birding. Our destination will be determined by trail conditions in the refuges. Car-pooling will be arranged at Education House in White Plains with a start time of 7:00 AM and return around 4:00 PM. Contact Jeanne Alpert at jsalpert@outlook.com or 914-946-1780 for questions. Our goal is two-fold: to see, hear and identify as many species as possible (around 100); and to raise money to send eager elementary school students to a week of nature at one of the county ecology camps. Be sure to read the report on page 3 from Autumn, one of last year's campers. Remember that we welcome all contributions in whatever amount you feel you can give. Please fill out the coupon on the back page to pledge either an amount per species or a flat amount.

Central Westchester Audubon 2014 Birdathon Pledge Card

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Mail to: Central Westchester Audubon
P.O. Box 359, White Plains, NY. 10602

Thank you for supporting our Birdathon. All contributions are tax deductible and will help support the CWAS scholarship fund and the education activities of our chapter.

Birdathon Report – 2014


Spring migration for 2014 has come and gone but boy, did we have fun! Our annual Birdathon was a huge success so let’s start by thanking all of you who made a donation in our annual campaign. We will use these funds to send young people to summer ecology camp in an effort to ensure in the years to come there are more people out there who are as excited by nature, conservation and the environment as we are!

Back to our Birdathon! It was a record breaker! The weather in the days immediately prior to our Saturday, May 10th Big Event were rather wet and not so great looking but the bird reports were pouring in as fast as the weather was changing so our hopes and expectations were rather high. We had reports from a variety of sources including Barbara Hanan at Larchmont Reservoir and Pinebrook Blvd., Chris Mignone who covered Marshlands, Clarence Holmes who covered Read Sanctuary before joining the larger group of Jeanne and Frank Alpert, Susan Fried, Catharine and Will Raffaele, Rena Wertzer, Lisa and our special guest Chuck Tuttle from Indiana who covered Forest Park in Queens and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with us before we were totally and completely stopped by major thunderstorms and rain.

While the morning started out a bit chilly and foggy by about 10am it was sunny, warm and perfect for birding. Too bad it didn’t last. That being said, in an effort to make sure every moment counted we “birded at 60 mph” on our drives home, birded on the way to dinner or while watching out the window in an idle moment. The reward was well worth the effort.

Here’s the exciting news ~ we broke our goal of 100 species! We came in at a grand total of 103 and here’s the very exciting news ~ 3 of those were first ever recorded for our birdathons! Our ‘new to the count’ birds were: Great Horned Owl at Marshlands and Gray-cheeked Thrush and Brown Creeper at Forest Park.

The complete list is as follows: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis,  Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Brant, Mallard, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Wild Turkey, Clapper Rail, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Least Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull,
Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Least Tern, Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeon, Black-billed Cuckoo, Great Horned Owl, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay,  American Crow,
Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Veery, Swainson's Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Parula, Blue-winged Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler,
American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat,
Wilson's Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture.

Thanks to everyone who supported us, including our families who were good sports about our early departures on a Saturday, and those of you who were able to lend your contribution to the effort. We hope you can join us next year!

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