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Similar to a walkathon, Birdathon is Audubon's largest annual

fund raising event and the world's biggest bird-watching

competition! Every year, thousands of people nationwide join in to count birds, have fun, and raise vital funds for Audubon’s mission of environmental conservation, education, and advocacy. People count birds and collect pledges from sponsors based on the number of species they see in one day.

 

Birdathon is the way LHAS makes the money needed to support our mission to educate individuals and the general public, to enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.

Loess Hills Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon for 2017 was held as scheduled on Saturday May 13, 2017. Ten teams of 17 birders found a total of 162 species. A couple of teams birded outside of our local area, so some species not usually seen locally were recorded this year. See the detailed listings below for the species found on the last 2 Birdathons.

Loess Hills Audubon's Birdathon

May 13, 2017

162 Total Species

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

American White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Black-crowned Night-heron

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Ruddy Duck

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

American Coot

Killdeer

Mountain Plover

American Avocet

Black-necked Stilt

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Solitary Sandpiper

Willet

Spotted Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper

Marbled Godwit

Long-billed Curlew

Least Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Phalarope

Ring-billed Gull

Black Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Eurasian Collared-dove

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Whip-poor-will

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-pewee

Western Wood-pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Empidonax Species

Loggerhead Shrike

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-billed Magpie

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Rock Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Swainson’s Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Tennessee Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Palm Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Prothonotary Warbler

Ovenbird

Northern Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Wilson’s Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Common Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Loess Hills Audubon's Birdathon

May 14, 2016

173 Total Species

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

American White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Broad-winged Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Virginia Rail

Sora

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

American Avocet

Black-necked Stilt

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Solitary Sandpiper

Willet

Spotted Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Red Knot

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Franklin’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Black Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Eurasian Collared-dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl

Whip-poor-will

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Bell’s Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit 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

Magnolia Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Palm Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Ovenbird

Northern Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Spotted Towhee

Eastern Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Dickcissel

Black-headed Grosbeak

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Common Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow