Together, all the teams this year saw 148 species, the 4th highest year recorded. There were 3 teams in total. The other 2 teams were the Three-toed Muskateers (Greg R, Jim H and Katrin P) and the Ruthless Birders (Ruth G, Lyle G, Dianne C, Emma B).
Little Big Day is a fun birding competition to see which team (up to 4 people) see the most birds (teams need to stay together and at least 2 people from each team need to see each species). Birding takes place between 6am and 6pm, although you can bird less if you want and you don't really need to 'compete'. It's all for fun. Teams contribute $25, which goes to a worthy nature related cause.
This year, the money is being donated to the 'Elizabeth Lake Shoreline Restoration Project’, being done by the Rocky Mountain Naturalists.
A combined list of what we saw:
Pied-billed, Horned, Red-necked, and Eared Grebes
Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds
Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers
Bonaparte's and California Gulls
Great Blue Heron
Lewis', American Three-toed, Downy, Hairy, and Pileated Woodpeckers
Willow, Least, Hammonds, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers
Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees
Northern Rough-winged, Tree, Violet-green, Bank, Barn, and Cliff Swallows Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets
Red-breasted, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches
House, Pacific and Marsh Wrens
Western and Mountain Bluebirds
Swainson's and Hermit Thrush
Red and White-winged Crossbills
Chipping, Clay-coloured, White-crowned, White-throated, Vesper, Savannah, Song and Lincoln's Sparrows
Orange-crowned, Nashville, and MacGillivray's Warblers
Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Townsend's, and Wilson's Warblers