|Gabe at Jetty Park|
|Great Black-backed Gull|
|Florida Scrub-jay found Gabe's dad!|
We were hoping to squeeze in some more birding as we headed back to the meeting spot but we didn’t want to be late because for every minute you were late, they were going to take a point off your score. In the last 2 minutes of the Bird-a-thon we were able to add one last bird…Cedar Waxwings, as a whole flock flew right over us in the parking lot.
At the end of the competition, I had spotted 91 species. We were so close to our goal and I was so proud. The winning team spotted 114 species and we came in 3rd place. Our team was able to raise over $150.00 for the Florida Keys Hawkwatch. The Florida Keys Hawkwatch is very special to me and is an amazing program that counts migrating raptors in order to look for any changes in the bird populations which helps track changes that may be occurring in the environment. I had SO much fun with the Bird-a-Thon that I wanted to keep going but, it is kind of hard to bird in the dark…..so many birds, not enough hours in the day! Can’t wait for our next birding adventure!
Pictures and text by Gabe & Jen Cenker