World Series of Birding

1000birds.com is one of a hand full of teams featured in the following video:

1000birds.com started participating in the World Series of Birding in 2006. It was a modest first attempt at this event as we had three participants (Bob, Penelope and myself) and we only covered parts of Atlantic and Cape May counties in South Jersey.

In the next three years (2007-2009) we decided to cover the whole state. This required a lot more effort both in scouting and during the event itself. Bob has scouted the north extensively and we’ve been able to locate most of the key areas that are visited by the top teams. This required a week of scouting prior to each event . Scouting in the south was left up to me with Jonathan concentrating in Cape May. The race itself has been grueling. We cover more than 600 miles in 28 straight hours of driving (it’s a 24 hour event but it takes us 3-4 hrs to get to the starting point). This arrangement has work fairly well for us with a high count of 176 birds in 2008. However, it is very demanding and we’re coming to the realization that it is almost impossible to reach the 200 mark unless we have more resources especially for scouting. In 2010 we scaled back and only covered Cape May County. We almost saw as many birds as the year before and had a lot more fun and a lot less driving!!

Bob’s decision to retire from ‘competitive birding’ :) in 2012 brought an end to an era (he still played a part as he and Shmuel helped with some of the scouting). In addition, Jonathan took a sabbatical so the team had 3 new members. Lisa, Rob and Steve fit right in and we had fun and raised some money for NJAS and Fyke Nature Association. We opted to cover parts of south Jersey and had a fairly successful run with a total of 155 birds. In 2013 we took another shot at the whole state with Jonathan, Steve and Clif. We had high hopes because we did a fairly good job scouting and had lots of help for a number of people but in the end we had a sub-par day (158 species) as did most other teams due to bad weather.

We were able to rebound in 2014 with a total of 180 which is a new record for us. We put in a lot of effort in the scouting (special thanks to Bob and Greg) and it paid of for the most part as we missed 3rd place by a handful of birds. Everyone was please and disappointed at the same time as we had a realistic chance to achieve our ultimate goal which is 200.

Bob’s retirement did not last long as he was back in the team for a Cape May county run in 2015. Although it was a very tough run due to lack of migrants, we had a couple of great birds (Black Rail, Painted Bunting) and ended up 3rd with just 141 species. 2016 is going to be another statewide run for us and we look forward to some great birding.

In summary, we are very proud to have raise over $12,000 through the years for the NJ Audubon Society, Fyke Nature Association, Lehigh Gap Nature Center and others. We have pestered friends, relatives and colleagues and we’re grateful to all of those that have contributed.

Here is a video clip from our 2014 run:

Team lineups

2016 Team: Nick, Bob, Marc, Ken
2015 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Marc – Cape May county 141 species
2014 Team: Nick, Steve, Jonathan, Marc, Milton(DD) – State run 180 species
2013 Team: Nick, Steve, Jonathan, Cliff – State run 158 species
2012 Team: Nick, Steve, Lisa Ann, Rob – South Jersey 155 species
2011 Team: Bob, Nick, Jonathan, Shmuel – Cape May county 145 species
2010 Team: Bob, Nick, Jonathan, Shmuel – Cape May county 152 species
2009 Team: Bob, Nick, Jonathan, Shmuel – State run 159 species
2008 Team: Bob, Nick, Jonathan, Corey – State run 176 species
2007 Team: Bob, Nick, Jonathan, Corey, Art – State run 156 species
2006 Team: Bob, Nick, Penelope – South Jersey 125 species



2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 Total
WATERFOWL
SWAN, Mute
GOOSE,  Snow
Brant
Canada
DUCK,  Wood
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
NorthernPintail
Green-wingedTeal
Ring-necked
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
Harlequin
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy
GAMEBIRDS
PHEASANT, Ring-necked
GROUSE, Ruffed
TURKEY, Wild
BOBWHITE, Northern
LOONS – HERONS
LOON, Red-throated
Common
GREBE, Pied-billed
Horned
SHEARWATER, Sooty
Storm-Petrel, Wilson’s
GANNET, Northern
PELICAN,  Brown
CORMORANT,  Great
Double-crested
HERONS
American  Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue
Tricolored
Cattle Egret
Green
Black-crowned Night-
Yellow-crowned Night-
IBIS, Glossy
VULTURES,  HAWKS, EAGLES
VULTURE, Black
Turkey
OSPREY
KITE, Mississippi
EAGLE, Bald
HARRIER, Northern
HAWK, Sharp-shinned
Cooper’s
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered
Broad-winged
Red-tailed
FALCONS
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine
RAILS & SHOREBIRDS
RAIL, Black
Clapper
King
Virginia
Sora
MOORHEN, Common
COOT, American
PLOVER, Black-bellied
American Golden-
Semipalmated
Piping
Killdeer
OYSTERCATCHER, American
AVOCET, American
SANDPIPERS
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary
Willet
Spotted
Upland
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated
Least
White-rumped
Pectoral
Purple
Dunlin
Stilt
Short-billed Dowitcher
SNIPE, Wilson’s
WOODCOCK, American
PHALAROPE, Wilson’s
GULLS  & TERNS
JAEGER, Parasitic
GULL, Laughing
Little
Bonaparte’s
Ring-billed
Herring
Iceland
Lesser Black-backed
Glaucous
Great Black-backed
TERN, Gull-billed
Caspian
Royal
Roseate
Common
Forster’s
Least
Black
SKIMMER, Black
DOVES – WOODPECKERS
DOVE, Mourning
PIGEON, Rock
CUCKOO, Black-billed
Yellow-billed
OWL, Barn
Eastern Screech-
Great Horned
Barred
Long-eared
Short-eared
Northern Saw-whet
NIGHTHAWK, Common
CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW
WHIP-POOR-WILL
SWIFT, Chimney
HUMMINGBIRD, Ruby-throated
KINGFISHER, Belted
WOODPECKER, Red-headed
Pileated
Red-bellied
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy
Hairy
Northern Flicker
PERCHING BIRDS
FLYCATCHER, Olive-sided
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied
Acadian
Alder
Willow
Least
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested
Eastern Kingbird
VIREO, White-eyed
Blue-headed
Yellow-throated
Warbling
Red-eyed
LARK, Horned
SWALLOWS
Purple Martin
Tree
Northern Rough-winged
Bank
Cliff
Barn
JAY, Blue
CROW, American
Fish
RAVEN, Common
CHICKADEE, Black-capped
Carolina
TITMOUSE, Tufted
NUTHATCH, Red-breasted
White-breasted
CREEPER, Brown
WREN, Carolina
House
Winter
Sedge
Marsh
KINGLET, Golden-crowned
Ruby-crowned
GNATCATCHER, Blue-gray
BLUEBIRD, Eastern
THRUSHES
Veery
Gray-cheeked
Bicknell’s
Swainson’s
Hermit
Wood
ROBIN, American
CATBIRD, Gray
MOCKINGBIRD, Northern
THRASHER, Brown
STARLING, European
PIPIT, American
WAXWING, Cedar
WARBLER, Blue-winged
Golden-winged
Tennessee
Nashville
Northern Parula
Yellow
Chestnut-sided
Magnolia
Cape May
Black-throated Blue
Yellow-rumped
Black-throated Green
Blackburnian
Yellow-throated
Pine
Prairie
Palm
Bay-breasted
Blackpoll
Cerulean
Black-and-white
American Redstart
Prothonotary
Worm-eating
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky
Mourning
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded
Wilson’s
Canada
Yellow-breasted Chat
TANAGER, Summer
Scarlet
TOWHEE, Eastern
SPARROW, Chipping
Field
Vesper
Savannah
Grasshopper
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed
Seaside
Song
Lincoln’s
Swamp
White-throated
White-crowned
Dark-eyed Junco
CARDINAL, Northern
GROSBEAK, Rose-breasted
Blue
BUNTING, Indigo
DICKCISSEL
BOBOLINK
BLACKBIRD, Red-winged
MEADOWLARK, Eastern
BLACKBIRD, Rusty
GRACKLE, Boat-tailed
Common
COWBIRD, Brown-headed
ORIOLE, Orchard
Baltimore
FINCH, Purple
House
CROSSBILL, Red
SISKIN, Pine
GOLDFINCH, American
GROSBEAK, Evening
SPARROW, House
Write-in
Curlew Sandpiper
Black-necked Stilt
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Red-necked Grebe
Painted Bunting
Total 141 180 158 155 145 152 159 176 156 125 237



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