In the wee hours of the morning began the Birdfreak’s 72-hour Birding Weekend. We are entering Winnebago County, Illinois in America’s Birdiest City/County contest. As far as we know, this is the first time our county has been entered.
Why are we doing this? Our main reason is to promote the “birdiness” of Winnebago County. Our other main reason is to find habitat types that are missing within the county, and then do something about it. We have noticed that shorebird habitat is one of these areas that we don’t have much of.
So far we are up to 84 species with a lot of area left to cover. Some of our favorites of the day were Yellow-breasted Chats, Yellow-throated Warblers, a Chestnut-sided Warbler and a Canada Warbler. Two more days to go and plenty more to find….we are still a ways from our goal of 150 species.
Our total list is growing!