2013 Birdathon

The team birded on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green Lawn Cemetery; some of the participants then visited the Haul Road (south of the cemetery) to search for a few additional species.


Every one had a good time. We had one person on her first birding trip and another one on her second, so we had a lot of good teaching moments!

One of the highlights of the day was banding the Bluebird chicks; not standard operating procedure for a Birdathon team, but fun nonetheless. We banded four chicks that the leaders have been watching since they were eggs. It gave our team a chance to have a hands-on citizen science project. Darlene showed us how she determines sex, age and birth order from the feathers emerging from the shafts. It was very well received.

We had a great morning!


We had 39 species in the Cemetery proper, with another 8 species for those of us who continued birding at Haul Road, for a grand total of 47.

Birds seen at Green Lawn:

Chipping Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole
Northern Cardinal
America Robin
European Starling
Chimney Swift
Eastern Wood Pewee
Wood Thrush
Indigo Bunting
American Redstart
Carolina Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
House Wren
Red-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Blue Jay
Mourning Dove
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Scarlet Tanager
Cedar Waxwing
American Crow
Great-crested Flycatcher
Red-winged Blackbird
Cooper’s Hawk
Canada Goose
American Goldfinch
Great Blue Heron
Gray Catbird
Swainson’s Thrush
Eastern Bluebird
House Finch
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Turkey Vulture

Birds seen at Haul Road:

Bald Eagle (including two growing nestlings in the nest)
Mute Swan
Great Egret
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Mockingbird