1st place: White-faced Ibis by Janet Busi
Click below to see honorable mentions:
eBird is a global birdwatching, citizen science project run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using eBird involves taking a bird walk where you record a checklist including time, place, bird species and number of birds observed. You then submit this checklist to the Cornell Lab via the eBird website, giving the ornithologists data for bird population models. In addition to recording bird species for science, eBird keeps track of all bird species you observed in your life time (a life list). To start submitting your own checklists on eBird, you must first register for an free eBird account. To learn more about eBird or sigh up for an account, click here:
We have a chapter eBird account for Lahontan Audubon Society. Our field trip leaders often keep eBird checklists from our walks, and will be happy to share them with our participants. Lahontan Audubon Sociey members have also shared bird checklists on our chapter account. This gives you a record of the bird species we have observed in our neck of the woods. We also use our chapter account to connect with other eBird users from around the region, and participate in birding events, such as the Global Big Day. To view our chapter account, click below:
*You must already have an eBird account to view our account.
Our Bird of the Month for September is the Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). Yellow-throats are wood warblers and easily recognized by their yellow feathers on their throats and males have a distinctive black and white mask. Unlike other warblers, yellowthroats nest in wetland areas. Yellowthroats are often identified by their "witch-eddy, witch-eddy, witch-eddy," call.
Ironically, this month Common Yellowthroats are a rare sighting, often seen at the wetlands in Oxbow nature study area and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
To learn more about Common Yellowthroats and to hear a recording of their "witch-eddy, witch-eddy" call, visit the Audubon Field Guide: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-yellowthroat