In my earlier post, I mentioned the Baillie Birdathon in which I am trying to achieve two main things: reaching at least $300 in my fundraising and also, when I actually do the Birdathon, seeing 100 or more species.
The challenge is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period, during the month of May.
I chose May 25th and 26th because the 26th is the day of the BowKan Bird Count. Last year, on that count, I saw 73 different species! I have chosen from 4:00 p.m. on the Friday to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday so I have time on the 25th to visit some different habitats. This also means that I have time to go to the count potluck on the Saturday evening.
On the Saturday we will be visiting the Exshaw/Dead-Mans-Flats area but on Friday I plan to tackle the Calgary/Red Deer Habitats (e.g. Inglewood Bird Sanctuary). The main habitats will be: Mountains, Rivers, Lakes and Prairies.
I am expecting to see: Yellow-rumped Warblers, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles and Spotted Sandpipers to name a few.
If I get lucky, I may see an American Avocet and maybe even a Peregrine Falcon!
Check in after the 26th to see how it went!