Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | March 2, 2014

Birdy 30 contest

The brainchild of Jim Wright, the “Birdy 30” challenge was fledged when Stiles Thomas declared he was bored one snowy winter day. Jim came up with the idea of a contest where they would go “head to head” for 30 minutes and count birds from their window. That day, Stiles won the coveted Hershey Chocolate Bar prize.   Wright continues:

“Then came the snowstorm of Jan. 21, which closed schools and businesses early. We decided to have another competition, to begin at 3 p.m., and asked acquaintances in our email birding group if they wanted to join in. Looking for a catchy name, à la the “Hour on the Tower,” I dubbed it the Birdy 30.

To our surprise, a dozen birders took the challenge on short notice.

And despite a steady snowfall, folks reported seeing some really cool birds from their windows.

The following day, another snow day for many, we had an encore contest, with folks choosing a half-hour window of their liking.

This time 21 people entered — including folks in North Carolina and Italy — and again we saw some nice birds in addition to the usual feeder suspects. The winning totals: Three people had 15 species.”

Wright added another round this weekend (2/28-3/2/14)

We chose to bird from a historically significant sight, John James Audubon’s First Home in America at Mill Grove in Audubon, PA.

The visitor’s center has a feeder setup – we saw the following:  (we had 12 species, not counting a rehabilitated Great Horned Owl that was being displayed) 😉  Canada Goose, Blue Jay, Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy  Woodpecker, House Finch, Cardinal, Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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To read more about the Birdy 30, click HERE.


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