Just when you thought the Leamington area could not get any crazier during a May weekend, birders with a competitive edge will not only be visiting Point Pelee looking for an elusive warbler species to add to their list but they will also be competing in the first annual feathermuster from May 15 to May 16.
The competitive count will start at the Hillman Marsh in Leamington at noon, Saturday May 15. Teams of 2-6 birders will have until noon the following day to spot and record as many species within their vision inside the boundaries of the count area. Teams must cross the finish line by 12:00 noon at Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville, Ontario. A very appropriate finishing line if I do say so myself.
Jean's quick spotting abilities and my ability to count and chew gum at the same time will be needed for the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) May count on the 16th so any thoughts of entering will have to be set aside for a future feathermuster. But before I even think of entering such a thing, I should visit Point Pelee during a weekend in May (there's no way I can get time off from work during this month) just to experience spring migration in one of Canada's world-class birding sites. Yes, as I have stated before, this Ontario birder has never been to Point Pelee National Park during the month of May! This year you'll most likely find me walking the gravel paths (no ticks) of a local hot spot searching for a lifer warbler.
To any birders I know that plan on entering the challenge, I wish them the best of luck in their endeavours to earn a spot on the podium.
On a final note. A flock of _____ is known as a "muster".