[Ontbirds] Results of Carden Challenge 2012

Ronald Reid bobolink.reid at gmail.com
Mon May 28 14:57:56 EDT 2012

This past weekend, 10 teams took part in the Carden Challenge, with OFO
Past President Jean Iron as the celebrity birder.  Her team of Eleanor
Beagan, Ron Reid, and Andew Keaveney captured the Carden Cup with a total
of 132 species seen in the 24-hour period. all within the Carden Plain CBC
circle.  While this did not break the record of 135 species set last year,
the Challenge as a whole identified 153 species, including 8 species new to
the Challenge.  The most surprising find, a singing *Kirtland's Warbler* at
the corner of Wylie Road and Alvar Road, was posted previouly by Martin
Parker, but has not been seen again.  Other unusual species for this area
seen for the first time during the Challenge included *Pine Siskin* (with
at least two family groups fledged recently at Uphill), *Black-bellied
Plover*, a flock of *Dunlin*, and *Red-bellied Woodpeckers *both at a
feeder in southern Carden and on a snag on Alvar Road.

The 2012 Challenge raised $23,000 for the conservation programs of the
Couchiching Conservancy.  Thanks to all who participated and to those who
supported their friends with pledges.

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