This year’s Wallace Birdathon was a great success from many points of view: it raised over $3000 for our stewardship activities, it gave us new insights into what birds can be found at our Nature Reserves, and it engaged two new expert birders and many new supporters. NLT would like to thank all the generous donors who supported this important event.
Thanks also to our six expert birders, and to Norma Wallace for her continued support. Congratulations to the two maple syrup winners who came very close to guessing the correct total number of species identified, which was a record high 124. Virginia McLaughlin guessed 125, and Dorothy Geale’s guess was 123.
Below is a brief summary of the reports from each property; full reports can be seen by clicking the links indicated for each property.
Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre, birded by Kurt Appleman
Among Kurt’s 55 species were six that had not been seen here in previous years, bringing the total for this Nature Reserve over three birdathons to 79. He also saw the only Bay-breasted Warbler of the year, and he reported that his “bird of the day” was a pair of Wood Ducks. View the Full Report Here
Leckey Nature Reserve, birded by Roger Frost
This large Nature Reserve with its varied habitats produced 84 species, including the at-risk Canada Warbler and the only Yellow-billed Cuckoo we’ve ever had on the birdathon. Over the last three years Roger has recorded 104 species here! View the Full Report Here
Jack van Nostrand Nature Reserve, birded by David Geale
Having both Lake Ontario and a provincially significant wetland on hand makes birding here very productive, and David found 85 species. These included Great Egret and Red-throated Loon (right), two firsts for the birdathon. View the Full Report Here
Pelton Nature Reserve, birded by Paulette Hebert
Paulette tallied 48 species here, bringing our Pelton birdathon total to 77 over the three years. Hers was the only sighting of a Broad-winged Hawk, and she was fortunate to come up with the only owl of any kind – a Barred Owl calling at dusk. View the Full Report Here
Chub Point Nature Reserve, birded by Doug McRae
In and around this small nature reserve Doug managed to find 5 woodpeckers and 6 warblers among his 44 species. Although the nature reserve is not right on Lake Ontario, it is nearby, and Doug reported Caspian Tern, Common Loon, and even a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a European species that is not at all common in our area. View the Full Report Here
McEwen Nature Reserve, birded by Ben Walters
Ben’s 68 species included Black-throated Blue Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler; neither of these was found by anyone else this year. Over the three years of birdathons, Ben has accumulated a total of 92 species here. View the Full Report Here
Over three years of Wallace Birdathons we have now recorded a remarkable 144 species, a tribute to the skill of our birders and an indication of the varied habitats and wildlife value of our Nature Reserves.