27 teams comprising 127 birders made for a record-breaking 27th year of the Birding Cup!
This year, donations to Shaver’s Creek’s only annual fundraiser will go toward the cutting and milling of local woods for use in Shaver’s Creek’s upcoming building project. (Much of the wood was already removed to support American Woodcock habitat, and siding and cabinets will be made from salvaged hemlock and white ash that is dead or dying from invasive insects.)
We owe a huge thanks to those who have already donated, and those teams who gathered pledges and donations as they trekked through many fabulous habitats of central Pennsylvania, seeking out as many bird species as they could.
And find birds they did! A grand total of 189 species were observed on May 6 and 7, which we believe to be a record-breaking statistic (by the largest number of participants in the Birding Cup yet). Read on to the bottom for the entire list of species seen.
But who brought home the “gold”? Two teams, in fact, tied for the overall number of species seen — an astounding 146! Tick McGreer & the Kickers and Raiders of the Lost Lark: Temple of Loon will share the Birding Cup for 2016. Superb birding!
Tick McGreer & the Kickers: Brian Sedgwick, Brad Peroney, Bill Voigt, Jerod Skebo, Ralph Crewe, Jerod Benefield, Alex Lamoreaux
Raiders of the Lost Lark: Temple of Loon: Paul Brigman, Will Malan, Matt Schenck
The County Cup, which goes to the team who saw the most species in a single county, also saw impressive numbers. Bad Optics, with a staggering 141 species observed in Huntingdon county, takes home the County Cup!
Bad Optics: Laurie McLaughlin (not pictured), Rob Neitz (not pictured), Mark McLaughlin, Doug Wentzel, Matt Shumar
Some teams prefer not to use motorized transportation at all, and those teams will bike and boat their way to the Birding Boot. This year, the Red-rumped Irruptives take home the glory with a stellar 126 species!
Red-rumped Irruptives: Joshua Potter, Jeremy Bean, Dave Miller, Nathan Holmes
The Potter Mug, up for grabs for teams with less than two years of experience, went to the dedicated Snap Grackle Pop with an impressive 111 species! You can read all about their day on their dedicated Twitter account.
Snap Grackle Pop: Alexa Sarussi, Maris Wilson, Kirstin Waldkoenig, Torri Withrow, Ben Steines, Joe Seebode
The entire event would not be possible without the support of the 127 birders who spent their day outdoors, binoculars in hand. Here’s a collage of almost every birder!
Huge thanks are also in order for our Birding Cup “Day Of” team, which includes Ellen Will, Marie Taylor, Kate Berardi, Joann Voigt, Jen Emigh, Will Wise, Chris Ortiz, Drew Lehnerd, and others, for making Shaver’s Creek a welcoming place when birders arrived exhausted at 7 p.m. on Saturday. They are the folks who set up the food, efficiently tally checklists and manage pledges. Our wonderful wrap-up session would not be possible without them!
We’d also love to thank our sponsors, who support the Birding Cup with donations, team prizes, and food for the birders: Wiscoy for Animals, Lost Creek Optics, Appalachian Outdoors, Purple Lizard Maps, Benjamin’s Catering, Collegiate Pride, Envinity, Dix Honda, Penns Valley Pharmacy, and Nikon! Thank you all!
GEESE, SWANS & DUCKS
LOONS, GREBES & CORMORANTS
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
HAWKS, EAGLES & VULTURES
RAILS & SHOREBIRDS
GULLS & TERNS
DOVES to WOODPECKERS
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler