I have a massive backlog since I've been busy with accelerated high school, but last week I participated in my first birding competition! It was the first time the Barrens Birding Blitz was held, with teams birding across the local Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Altogether 101 species were recorded during the competition. Species had to be confirmed by at least two members of the group and teams were required to stay together- pretty standard competition rules I think.
My team came in first place with 60 species, and our names will be engraved on the Barrens Blitz trophy cup! We also saw the highest number of warbler species.
I got this trophy to take home:
I had good looks (although not great photos) of two lifers that I got there- #309 Merlin and #310 Wilson's Warbler!
I'll upload the rest of the pictures tomorrow hopefully