Rare Birds and Great Diversity Evident in Big Weekend
By Patrick Comins on May 22, 2013, 2:02pm Last modified: May 22, 2013, 2:04pm
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The big weekend is over and the tallying is nearing completion. Last weekend Audubon Connecticut staff and volunteers and birders fanned out across the state to see how many different kinds of birds could be found in Connecticut over the course of a weekend.
Team Audubon managed to find 182 species between Friday and Sunday, although this total includes two stretches. We had a hybrid Tricolored X Little Blue Heron (see:
http://www.wxedge.com/articles/20130518big_weekend_off_to_a_great_start_161_species_/page/8 , and a Gray-cheeked or Bicknell's Thrush that flew over at night as we were starting our search. Since we did not record a Tricolored Heron and since we didn't get either Gray-cheeked nor Bicknell's, we are counting them in the tally.
Of this list, I was personally able to record 178 species. The purpose of the Big Weekend is to highlight Connecticut's bird diversity, and to raise money for bird conservation programs in the state. To find out how you can support this effort, please see:
Above is a male Scarlet Tanager photographed at Mohawk State Forest.