2019 Tom Hince, Paul Pratt and Bruce Di Labio

OFO's Celebrity Birders Big Sit Birdathon Summary 2019

By Bruce Di Labio

Tom Hince, Paul Pratt, and I had lots of fun on our second annual Big Sit fundraiser for the Ontario Field Ornithologists May 11, 2019. We used the same location as last year, west side of the tip of Point Pelee National Park. Park staff (especially Sarah Rupert) kindly allowed early access to the Tip and were very supportive. Many friends dropped by through the day offering support and even adding a bird or two to the list.

Unlike last year's unsettled weather it was a beautiful sunny day. Not the best for an exciting birding day. Kathi Cavanaugh Hince brought us hot coffee and snacks plus enough food for an army! Greatly appreciated by the team. Jeremy Bensette made sure we didn't miss anything!

Our final total was 108 species. Last year we recorded 110 species. The top bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo which landed briefly in a tree beside the van.

Thanks to all those who have contributed to this Bird Studies Canada and OFO fundraiser. There is lots of time to make a contribution at https://www.birdscanada.org/birdathon (search for "OFO Celebrity Birders" under "Find a team or Person").

Thank you, Tom, Paul and Bruce