On May 1, 2020, our friends at the Dayton Audubon Society posed a challenge to all Audubon chapters in Ohio. Which chapter could rack up the most bird species seen in a 24-hour period? Remember, this was in the middle of the pandemic restrictions, so we had to count birds only within our home county.
The game was on! Columbus Audubon had to rise to the occasion — and we did. Twenty-three CA birders collectively found an amazing 150 species! That number was good for first place in the state, upholding our chapter honor. It was all for a good time and bragging rights in these difficult days. The most important thing is that we all had fun, getting out to enjoy nature and our avian friends.
Our thanks go out to the following participants who found all those birds: Kandace Glanville, Kori Gasaway & James Muller, Jeff Grabmeier, Jim Palus, Michael Goldman, Carolyn Clinkinboomer, John & Kristan Finn, Stacy & Darrell McGrath, Lynn Solomon, Frank Phillips, Jen Allen, Colleen Sharkey, Beth & Tom Reimenschneider, James Taylor, Chris & Christine Rinehart, Victoria Foeller, Becca Mathews, and Tyler Ficker.
Here’s the list of species that were identified:
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler