Date: 2/2/19 7:22 pm
From: Christopher Loscalzo via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
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!

Chris Loscalzo,


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