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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Birdathon Report – 2014
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,
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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