World Series of Birding

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. We had a couple of great birds (Black Rail, Painted Bunting) and finished 3rd with but just 141 species due to lack of migrants in the day. In 2016 we had another subpar total of 170 species. However, this turned out to be enough to get us the Stearn Award as we finished 3rd in the Full State category. 2017 was another enjoyable full state run and we’re already thinking about doing it all over again in 2018.

In summary, we are very proud to have raise over $13,500 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

2017 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Marc, Ken – State run 175 species
2016 Team: Nick, Bob, Marc, Ken – State run 170 species – Stearn Award
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: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Shmuel – Cape May county 145 species
2010 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Shmuel – Cape May county 152 species
2009 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Shmuel – State run 159 species
2008 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Corey – State run 176 species
2007 Team: Nick, Bob, Jonathan, Corey, Art – State run 156 species
2006 Team: Nick, Bob, Penelope – South Jersey 125 species


  2017 2016 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                      
  Red-necked Phalarope                      
                               
    Total 175 170 141 180 158 155 145 152 159 176 156 125 241
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