The Day by Day Connecticut Audubon Bird Challenge

We hope plenty of you will play the Day-by-Day Bird Challenge, wherever you are! Photograph courtesy of Frank Mantlik

Have we got a game for YOU!

You’re invited to play a low-stakes birding game that we’ve designed solely for fun.

Anyone can play but to win you have to be a member of the Connecticut Audubon Society. Click here!

You’ll see your favorite backyard birds, have a reason to go find rarer ones, and learn more about the comings and goings of Connecticut’s birds.

Sounds neat, right?

Here’s how it works. For each month we will create a calendar (see below and click February). For each day we will assign a bird that you might find in Connecticut on that day (if you’re using a smart phone, click the dot on each calendar day to see the name of the bird).

If you see the bird of the day on the day assigned to it, give yourself one point. At the end of the month, add them up and send us your scores along with a list of the birds you saw. If you see any of the harder-to-find birds (those marked with an asterisk), let us know where you saw it.

Use the form at the bottom of this page. Send it at the end of the month. We’ll accept entries for each month through the 7th day of the following month.

The player with the most points wins. Each month we’ll give the winner a small prize – for February, a Connecticut Audubon baseball cap.

In the event of a tie, the first entry that we received will be the winner. Connecticut Audubon staff and their immediate families aren’t eligible for prizes but we hope they play anyway!

If you have questions or snap a great photo, email us: communicationsdir@ctaudubon.org

We borrowed the idea from UConn Professor Morgan Tingley, who created a daily nationwide bird challenge. You can see his creation here.

PS – Do you have the Birds of Connecticut Field Guide? Many of these birds can be spotted with help from this useful book, and in some cases we’ll even give you page numbers as a helpful hint. If you don’t already have the guide, click here to learn how you can get one!

February

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
     

Black-capped Chickadee

2

Eastern Bluebird

3

Ring-billed Gull

4

Savannah Sparrow

5

Great Horned Owl. See page 167 of the Birds of Connecticut Field Guide

6

Clapper Rail *

7

Common Raven

8

American Robin

9

Blue Jay

10

American Goldfinch

11

Downy Woodpecker

12

Great Cormorant

13

Bald Eagle

14

Northern Mockingbird

15

House Sparrow

16

Mallard

17

Wild Turkey

18

Tufted Titmouse

19

Saw-whet Owl *

20

Mourning Dove

21

Cedar Waxwing

22

Pine Siskin

23

Red-tailed Hawk

24

Red-bellied Woodpecker

25

Song Sparrow

26

Winter Wren *

27

Purple Sandpiper * See page 127 of the Birds of Connecticut Field Guide

28

Red-winged Blackbird

  

 

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