Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Twillicks - 2015 Birdathon

This year I will be participating in the "Great Canadian Birdathon" with Catherine Barrett. Our team, "The Twillicks" will do the birdathon on the last weekend of May in an effort to see as many bird species as possible in 24 hours on the Avalon peninsula. The event is a way to promote awareness about our environment and help raise money to conserve birds and biodiversity across our country!

Please help us reach our fundraising goals. You can click on this link and then click the name of the person you would like to support to see our personal fundraising pages and make a donation.

A tax receipt will be generated automatically via email. If you prefer you can give your donation to Catherine or myself directly and we will forward it to Bird Studies Canada.

A portion of the funds we raise will be returned to this province to Nature NL.

Thank you for your support!


"Twillicks" is a name used by Newfoundlanders for Greater Yellowlegs - a species I will guarantee that we see on the birdathon!


Last years team saw one of these - surely we can do better in 2015!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Late April Weather Forecast

Spring of 2014 was a birders dream on the Avalon. Could it possibly happen again?!

It's a little too early to tell really - but to say the least... well, I don't want to jinx it!
You can decide for yourself:

Forecast for April 23 shows a low pressure system stretching across the Atlantic ocean:
low pressure system = counter clockwise winds


And the same low pressure system a few days earlier (April 20) shows some nice Northeast winds - maybe we can kickstart late April with a Ross's Gull in Conception Bay South?!
^ these are the type of winds that would bring storm-petrels and other seabirds to Holyrood. Storm-petrels should be off of Newfoundland at this time of year in low numbers.




And just as a reminder, here are the wind maps for April 24 & 25 of 2014 - the two days before everything went crazy last year:


I think the key is to have sustained winds coming from the East or Northeast for 3+ days before we can really start dreaming of a Euro fallout anything like last year.

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Even a single Euro GP would get the blood simmering: 

A single Black-tailed Godwit would have the blood boiling:

And one of these would cause an instant heart attack:


Expect a weather update on Sunday!


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bird Song Quiz #16

More people tried out that last one than expected Encouraging me to put another one together.





From Cape Spear this morning:
It was silent