Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2010 America's Birdiest County Contest

This years event will take place May 7-9! Mark your calendars and prepare for another great time!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Final Results

In case anybody is still following this, 193 was our final species count. INCREDIBLE!

193 Species

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Franklin’s Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Bell’s Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Summer Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Participants (31): Jeff Calhoun, Dennice Craig, Mike Everhart, Sarah Harper, Leon & Darlene Hicks, Paul Griffin, Bob Gress, Kevin Groeneweg, Pete Janzen, Catherine Lewis, Linda Mallonee, Patty Marlett, Billie & Tom McDavitt, Rob & Rosa McHenry, Cheryl Miller, Kay & Max Miller, Mary Nelle, Atcha Nolan, John Northrup, Nathan Ofsthun, Ben Rogers, Chris Rogers, Travis Ross, Daniel Smith, Chuck Streker, Curt VanBoening, Art Weigand

Saturday, April 11, 2009

America's Birdiest City / County Contest

Hello Friends,

Nathan Ofsthun and I have grown to believe that Sedgwick County, KS is one of the birdiest counties in the country. This May we are going to try to prove it by compiling a list of birds seen within the county borders between Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 10 for the America’s Birdiest City / County competition. The following are simply general guidelines for the competition .

-What is the competition?? It’s a national event in which birders attempt to tick off as many different species of birds as possible in a selected 72 hour window in an outlined location. The official website can be found at http://www.coastalbirding.org/ABC.htm .

-When and where is the competition?? Midnight Friday, May 8 2009 – 11:59 PM Sunday, May 10 2009. Our legal competing grounds are every square inch within Sedgwick County borders. We will be entering in the inland county field.

-What are some rules?? Birders can be either in teams or can participate as individuals and the teams can be as large as desired. Exceptionally rare birds, if encountered, must be written up as in a CBC. We can have an infinite amount of participants and teams can be different from day to day if applicable, so please feel free to invite your friends! All bird species must be identified to a species by sound or sight within the borders of Sedgwick County.

-How is it going to work?? Birders can go out and find birds wherever they want, for however long they want, and whenever they want within SG County over this time period and can send their compiled list of species to either me, Jeff, (jecalhoun@wichita.edu) or Nathan (nxofsthun@wichita.edu) . Reports should include who participated, what location birds were seen at, and a complete list of all species seen or heard within SG Co borders. The compilers will compile the final lists and Jeff will try to keep an up-to-date list available through email.

-What is this crazy kid asking birders to do??? I AM NOT asking for people to give up their lives for 72 hours straight so that they can tick off species until their fingers fall off. I think Sedgwick County will have the most success by getting as many people as possible out in the field in this three day window and allowing people to bird at their convenience and leisure in their own little corners of the county. I encourage you to think about if/how you might be interested in participating. All efforts, ranging from a ten minute jog through Wichita to a 72 hour county-wide tour, are welcomed. I encourage you to forward this invitation as you see fit and to talk about the concept in your Audubon or birding circles to start generating ideas and interest. I encourage you to mark your calendars and think about participating as much as you are willing and able to!

Any further questions of comments can be sent to me or Nathan. We’ll take as much constructive criticism as needed to help make Sedgwick County, our home, the birdiest county in 2009, so don’t hesitate to call or email. Thanks a lot everyone!

Jeff Calhoun