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ETHAN, JOHN AND MARK DO ANOTHER BIG DAY!

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…we just bird … and do so to the extreme.”  (Mark Wiercinski)

Jon, Ethan and Mark looking and listening.

Jon, Ethan and Mark looking and listening.

On Monday May 19, at 2:00 AM, Ethan Meleg, Mark Wiercinski and John Haselmayer left Wiarton to begin their 10th Annual Bruce Peninsula Birdathon. Nineteen hours, 380 kilometres and 167 species later (their third best total) they made it to Tobermory, bleary-eyed, sleep deprived, but happy.

According to Ethan, “Mark, John and I are recovering.”

Ethan then commented on a major accomplishment of their day, “We ate relatively healthier on this birdathon than ever, but still included gallons of coffee, Twinkies, pepperoni, chocolate covered almonds and licorice sticks in our high performance birder diet. Cholesterol levels should subside by the time we do this again next year.”

On a more ‘birdathon-centric note he went on to say, “Calm conditions were ideal to hear the expected nocturnal species. Morning at MacGregor Point Provincial Park was chilly, but once it started warming up bird activity came alive and remained good throughout most of the cool day, as we worked our way north to finish at 9:00 PM in Bruce Peninsula National Park.”

Birding Highlights:

• Whip-poor-wills: calling at many locations, notably the Duck’s Unlimited (DU)

Pond at MacGregor Point Provincial Park (MPPP).

• Least Bittern and Common Moorhen: great views at the DU Pond @ MPPP

• Piping Plover: at Sauble Beach

• Brewer’s Blackbird and Upland Sandpiper (local specialties) in the

agricultural lands around Ferndale

• Red-necked Grebes and Horned Grebes in Dyers Bay

• 25 warbler species (ties our best warbler tally)

• Low diversity of diving ducks (we didn’t find a single scoter) and

shorebirds

“Overall, we found the diversity of migrant songbirds to be good, including a mix of early and later species. Early breeding birds were well established on territories, but the later arrivals were either not on territory yet or simply not active. This could have been due in part to the cool temperatures. Our most embarrassing misses included Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrush (all local breeders).”

Our three intrepid birders are long-time friends of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival having led events and made presentations over the years. Ethan is a renowned outdoors photographer. Mark and John are biologists. All are well respected for their expertise in Ornithology.

Our three intrepid birders are long-time friends of the Huron Fringe Birding Festival having led events and made presentations over the years. Ethan is a renowned outdoors photographer. Mark and John are biologists. All are well respected for their expertise in Ornithology.

If anyone wants an Excel copy of their Bruce Big Day Bird Count with a summary of results you can contact them with your request.

Ethan Meleg email: info@ethanmeleg.com

Mark Wiercinski 
email: Mark.Wiercinski@forces.gc.ca

 Happy birding!

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY DON WILKES. PHOTOS ARE FOR BLOG ONLY. NO OTHER USE IS PERMITTED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER.

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