[Ontbirds] Record number of species for Carden Challenge

Ronald Reid via ONTBIRDS birdalert at ontbirds.ca
Mon Jun 2 13:36:47 EDT 2014

This past weekend, 11 teams competed in the annual Carden Challenge, and in
total recorded a record 156 species in a 24-hour period.  Birds that were
new to the Challenge, now in its 9th year, were Northern Shoveller,
Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Other notable finds
included 22 warbler species (with one more possible but under review), the
Red-headed Woodpecker first reported by Eleanor Beagan on Wylie Road, late
Lesser Yellowleg and White-crowned Sparrow, and multiple reports of
Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

The winner of the Carden Cup, with 134 species, was the Wylie Road Runners
team of Martin Parker, Steve O'Donnell, Matthew Toby, and Sean Smith.  The
Biodiversity Trophy, which is based on mammals, reptiles, amphibians,
butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies as well as birds, was won by the
Snakes on the Plain team of Susan Blayney, Kathy Parker, Alex Mills, and
Chris Evans.  They listed 117 bird species along with many species in other

Participants in the 2014 Carden Challenge raised over $22,000 for the
conservation work of the Couchiching Conservancy.  Thanks to everyone who
took part.  Teams of all types are welcome; for more information, contact
me privately.

Don't forget that this coming weekend is the Carden Nature Festival, with
spaces still available on field trips and activities for all skill levels.
 Details at www.cardennaturefestival.ca.

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