Birdathon 2022
Birdathon 2022

Early morning at Birdathon 2022. Photo: Emily Kaplita/Audubon Vermont
Early morning at Birdathon 2022. Photo: Emily Kaplita/Audubon Vermont

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Audubon Birdathon Adventure 2022

An Environmental Conservation Intern's perspective.

Birdathon is an annual week-long fundraising event in which individuals or teams choose a 24-hour window to go out and see and hear as many bird species as possible. This year’s Birdathon, which was Audubon Vermont’s 22nd Birdathon, held the distinction of being the first Birdathon that I had ever participated in. Birdathon also happened to be my second day on the job as one of Audubon Vermont’s two summer Environmental Conservation Interns.  

Birdathon was an entirely new experience for me, in more ways than one. Not only was this my first time participating in a Birdathon, but I was still getting to know everyone else on the staff. It was an incredible day, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming, with plenty of smiles and laughs to go around.  

We started our Birdathon at the Green Mountain Audubon Center, where we spent most of the day. Over the course of the morning, we watched a tiny Northern Parula building her nest, listened to a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing and putting on a show right over our heads, and so much more.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in a lilac bush.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in a lilac bush. Photo: Kristine Olson

We then made our way down to the Birds of Vermont Museum, then to nearby Geprags Community Park, where we were able to find a Blue-winged Warbler x Golden-winged Warbler hybrid, an American Kestrel, and a Bobolink singing enthusiastically across the road. Golden-winged Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, and Bobolinks all make themselves at home in open areas, and are all unfortunately in decline across their ranges. This encounter with them was just a taste of things to come—as a part of my internship, I’ve been assisting with surveying parks and private land that have been managed to create habitat for Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers to monitor their presence in these places.

Bobolink
Male Bobolink in a Vermont Bobolink Project field Photo: Dr. Allan Strong

During the next few weeks, we will begin conducting Bobolink surveys at farms enrolled in the Bobolink Project and managing their pastures to create better Bobolink habitat. We made a brief stop on the way to Geprags Park to watch a Pied-billed Grebe and Green Heron at a small pond. For me, the highlights of the day were an Olive-sided Flycatchera life bird for meperched quietly but conspicuously on top of a snag, and a brief but incredible look at a male Magnolia Warbler. 

Magnolia Warbler in a hemlock tree.
Magnolia Warbler in a hemlock tree. Photo: Seth Davis/Audubon Photography Awards

It was an incredible day of birding— a total of 94 different species were seen and/or heard during our Birdathon period! It was certainly a Birdathon to remember. Many thanks to those who donated to support Audubon Vermont’s Birdathon. Until next year!  

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Birdathon 2022: Audubon Vermont Staff selfie
Birdathon 2022: Audubon Vermont Staff selfie Photo: Emily Kaplita/Audubon Vermont

Here's the official 2022 Birdathon Species List:

Veery

Black-capped Chickadee

Chestnut-sided Warbler

White-breasted Nuthatch

Ovenbird

Red-eyed Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula 

Tufted Titmouse 

Scarlet Tanager 

Purple Finch

Mourning Dove 

Mourning Warbler 

Northern Flicker

Least Flycatcher 

American Goldfinch 

American Crow

Black-billed Cuckoo

Blue Jay 

Black-and-white Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo 

Black-throated Green Warbler

Great Crested Flycatcher 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 

Winter Wren

Hairy Woodpecker

Canada Goose

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Eastern Phoebe 

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Red-winged Blackbird 

Hermit Thrush

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Barred Owl

Merlin 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Blackpoll Warbler

House Wren 

Brown Creeper

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Robin

Song Sparrow

Blackburnian Warbler

Northern Cardinal 

Louisiana Waterthrush 

Pine Warbler 

Wood Thrush

Tennessee Warbler 

Cedar Waxwing 

Bay-breasted Warbler 

Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Downy Woodpecker 

Dark-eyed Junco

Indigo bunting 

Common Raven

Broad-winged Hawk

Swainson’s Thrush

Ruffed Grouse 

Alder Flycatcher 

Spotted Sandpiper 

Barn Swallow 

Gray Catbird

Brown-headed Cowbird 

Common Merganser 

Common Grackle 

Eastern Kingbird

Swamp Sparrow

Warbling Vireo 

Tree Swallow

Chipping Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Magnolia Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Belted Kingfisher

Olive-sided Flycatcher 

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture 

American Redstart 

Green Heron

Baltimore Oriole 

Great Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe 

European Starling 

American Kestrel 

Bobolink 

Blue-winged Warbler hybrid

Eastern Towhee 

Ring-billed Gull

Yellow-throated Vireo 

Wild Turkey

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