BirdCouple considers ourselves to be pretty good birders, but we were awed by the birding skills of Gregory Gough of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and Scott Baron, whose ear for birdsong is one of the best we've ever come across.
The plan was to do a Big Day at the height of May's spring migration, encountering as many birds as possible, having fun and raising a little money for conservation. Birdcouple had another goal of our own: beating our single-day record of species seen, 83.
We awoke at 2:45 a.m. (ouch!) and drove to Rock Creek Park to hook up with other birders and try for some owls, and then raced around DC birding hot spots until we could bird no more. And here are the birds that we saw, heard or both:
Black and White Warbler
Black-Throated Blue Warbler
Great Blue Heron
Greater Black-Backed Gull
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Not a lot of time to take pictures on a Big Day, but we could not pass up this beautiful Rose-Breasted Grosbeak male in breeding plumage..
To continue our sightings:
American Herring Gull
American Black Duck
For those counting, that's 92! By the end of the day we were quite proud: