Georgia Youth Birding Competition

Georgia Youth Birding Competition

Young birders atop an Indian mound at Ocmulgee National Monument near Macon, GA

On Friday and Saturday, my boys Angus and Ewan joined their friends Meggie, Patrick, and Eric, as a team competing in the Georgia Youth Birding Competition, in which teams try to spot (or hear) as many different bird species as they can in a 24-hour period. They started at 5 pm on Friday. All the teams converge on the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, GA,to turn in their lists at 5 pm Saturday and to enjoy an awards banquet immediately afterward. There were lots of teams competing this year, in four age brackets.

Kids have to spot, identify, and record their sightings without adult help (except for driving!). Our team had 80 species, and placed third in the elementary group. The top team had just over a hundred birds!

Here’s our list from the 24 hour big day (birds added to the  life list of someone in the group are in ALL CAPS):

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Blue-winged Teal
  5. Wild Turkey
  6. Common Loon
  7. Double-crested Cormorant
  9. Great Blue Heron
  10. Great Egret
  11. Little Blue Heron
  12. Cattle Egret
  13. Black Vulture
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Osprey
  16. Cooper’s Hawk
  17. Red-shouldered Hawk
  18. Red-tailed Hawk
  19. Common Moorhen
  20. American Coot
  21. Killdeer
  25. Rock Pigeon
  26. Eurasian Collared Dove
  27. Mourning Dove
  28. Barred Owl
  29. Chimney Swift
  30. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  31. Red-headed Woodpecker
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  33. Downy Woodpecker
  34. Northern Flicker
  35. Pileated Woodpecker
  36. Eastern Phoebe
  37. Eastern Kingbird
  38. White-eyed Vireo
  39. Red-eyed Vireo
  40. Blue Jay
  41. American Crow
  42. Fish Crow
  43. Purple Martin
  44. Tree Swallow
  45. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  46. Cliff Swallow
  47. Barn Swallow
  48. Carolina Chickadee
  49. Tufted Titmouse
  50. Carolina Wren
  51. Marsh Wren
  52. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  53. Eastern Bluebird
  54. Wood Thrush
  55. American Robin
  56. Gray Catbird
  57. Northern Mockingbird
  58. Brown Thrasher
  59. European Starling
  60. Cedar Waxwing
  61. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  62. Palm Warbler
  63. Common Yellowthroat
  64. Hooded Warbler
  65. Eastern Towhee
  66. Chipping Sparrow
  67. Field Sparrow
  68. Song Sparrow
  69. Swamp Sparrow
  70. Dark-eyed Junco
  71. Northern Cardinal
  72. Indigo Bunting
  74. Red-winged Blackbird
  75. Eastern Meadowlark
  76. Common Grackle
  77. Brown-headed Cowbird
  78. House Finch
  79. American Goldfinch
  80. House Sparrow

3 thoughts on “Georgia Youth Birding Competition

  1. Pingback: Children, Animals, and the Imago Dei « Rusty Pritchard

    • I didn’t measure the mileage, but we went to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, the Ocmulgee (Indian Mounds) National Monument, a city park in Macon on the river, and E.L. Huie, then raced to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield to turn in their list.

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