What’s that Raucous? It’s the Raucous Robins!
Who is on your team? Nicole Hamilton and Joanne Bradbury
What day are you doing your birdathon? May 8th, starting at 7:30 am. There’s so much going on this week with International Migratory Bird Day that we decided to take advantage of the IMBD walk at Algonkian Park with Bill and start our big birding day there.
How many species to you hope to get? We’re shooting for 65-70 species
How much money do you hope to raise as a team? $500, we can use all the encouragement from friends and family we can get so we hope you all will sponsor us!
How long has your team been doing this? This is our first year doing it together
Do you have different roles on your team? Given that there are just the two of us, we’ll both be spotting and identifying everything we can find
What’s the best part of the birdathon? Being out there with friends, figuring out the identification of some of the less common birds and seeing all the new arrivals making their great migration and using Loudoun either as a stopover in their journey or their breeding grounds
What’s the toughest part of the day? The afternoon when the birds settle down for their siesta
Why do you/members of your team do the birdathon? Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is such an important resource for the community and birding for Loudoun is a lot of fun. Plus, we love getting outside to explore nature – it’s rejuvenating.
What do you do in preparation for the count? We’re going over the bird list, looking at the target species and thinking about locations in Loudoun that we’ll need to go to find them on our Big Day
What place do you most look forward to birding during the birdathon and why? All the places we’re going to visit are amazing. The spots near the river like Algonkian and Bles and Balls Bluff are pretty birdy so those will be great but the Blue Ridge Center offers great woods and fields for different species that we may not see elsewhere
Anything else you want to add about the birdathon? We hope more people will join in on the fun this year. The birdathon is especially fun because it’s all what you make it – it can be a casual day (or a few hours) or serious all-day birding, or anything in between. It’s for all experience levels, and a great way to make sure you get outside with friends to enjoy this wonderful springtime.