Various species identified at The Birding Cup

May 04, 2009

What does a surf scoter have in common with a prothonotary warbler and a lesser scaup? They were all types of birds spotted by competitors in the 20th Birding Cup, hosted by Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. The Wing Nuts won The Birding Cup by one bird during the awards presentation Saturday (May 2) night at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center after identifying 141 species.

It was the second straight win for Wing Nuts, whose members came from as far away as North Carolina. Overall, competitors identified 189 bird species in the Centre Region in a 24-hour period this weekend. The event continues to grow. Seventeen teams with more than 80 competitors — easily a record — scoured Centre, Huntingdon and surrounding counties for bird species. The Birding Cup is the only annual fundraiser for Shaver’s Creek.

Other categories included:

-The County Cup, given to the top team that limited its search to a single county, went to the Common Loons, who identified 140 birds and missed the overall cup by just one species.

-The Potter Mug, awarded to the best novice team in the competition, went to Team Awesome with 95 birds.

-In the category established to recognize the team that identified the most species without using motorized transportation, the Red-rumped Irruptives won The Birding Boot with a total of 138 species identified.

Last Updated May 11, 2009