Date: 2/2/19 7:22 pm From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] MEGA BOWL III RESULTS
The third annual Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County was held today and it was a great success. The birding was a challenge in the wake of the latest polar vortex intrusion, but the groups were hardy and determined. Collectively, the nine teams saw a total of 100 species. Highlights included: Greater White-fronted Goose at McKenzie Reservoir in Wallingford, Snow Goose in the West River in New Haven, Eastern Meadowlark, White-crowned Sparrow, and Rough-legged Hawk at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Black-bellied Plover, Lapland Longspur, and Brown Thrasher at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Brazos Road in East Haven, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Edgewood Park in New Haven, and Marsh Wren at Proto Drive in East Haven. Every team did really well this year, with the range of species seen per team being from 54 to 74. Six of the nine teams saw between 60 and 64 species. The CT Young Birders Club Darth Waders saw the most species and garnered the most points (150) for the third year in a row. Way to go young birders! We all met at the Kellogg Nature Center at the end of the day and enjoyed a fine dinner and each other's company. Thanks to all who participated on this cold winter's day. We'll be sure to be out there again next year!