By Rob and Lisa Ann Fanning
This year’s World Series was one for the history books. Fog socked in the state to the south, so visibility and migration were nill. Teams across the state struggled to add birds for their total. The wining team only saw 208 species (very low by most years’ standards.)
Our Team (The Sandy Hook Century Run Team) is a non-competitive team, who’s goal it is to see at least 100 species (usually around 125-140.) We fell just short of that goal and ended up at 94 species for the day.
The important part is that we are raising funds for New Jersey Audubon’s All Things Birds Initiative. As a team, we raised in excess of $4,500 for important education programs and conservation initiatives. Thank you to those who contributed and made it possible.
Rob and I arrived early to listen for nocturnal birds, and while we did not hear our main target (the Chuck-will’s-widow) one of our team members did.
Some of our personal highlights were: American Woodcock (heard), Black-bellied and Piping Plovers, Clapper Rail (in flight), Common and Least Terns, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warblers, White-crowned Sparrow, and a brilliant Indigo Bunting to end the day.
A cumulative species list follows: (note not all species were seen by all team members.)
NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S WORLD SERIES OF BIRDING
17TH ANNUAL SANDY HOOK CENTURY RUN
May 9, 2015 5:30 am to 7 pm
28 people, including leaders
94 species total
American Black Duck
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Flycatcher
Brown Thrasher European Starling
The next day, we recovered by doing what else? Birding!