The Raccoon Ridge Raptors

Everyone,

Well another World Series of Birding is in the books, and as you may already know, The Raccoon Ridge Raptors recorded a very respectable 91 species on and around Old Mine Road on Saturday May 6th! (For the record, team members actually recorded 97 species, but we had to officially "give up" six of them due to the dreaded 95% rule...poor lighting and some inclement weather made it difficult to get all four members on the same bird at the same time). And yes, there was some inclement weather to deal with, we had to take shelter for a significant period of time on two separate occasions, which no doubt hampered our annual quest for a century of birds! In spite of everything, we covered almost 23 miles on our bikes - and walked at least a few more!

Our bird of the day was unanimous - the breeding plumage Common Loon(!) which drifted down the Delaware River right in front of our campsites as we were getting ready to head out on our bikes. Wow! Other highlights included both Cuckoos, an adult White-Crowned Sparrow, a late Junco (which almost landed on my handlebars!), and no less than 23 species of warblers including Cape May, Tennessee and Blackpoll. So all in all as you can imagine it was another great day in the field for the Raccoon Ridge Raptors!

We'd like to thank all of our friends and supporters for well, your friendship and support! And not just the logistical support like the much-appreciated provisions brought to our campsite before, during and after the event, but also the moral support and encouragement, which kept us going when it might just have been easier to roll over in our tents and go back to sleep instead of venturing out on our bikes in less than ideal conditions...

So thanks once again, and see you at next year's event...and remember it's never too late to pledge The Raptor Trust on behalf of the Raccoon Ridge Raptors! See details below...

Sincerely,

Steve (on behalf of Maura, Scott and Chris)

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Friends,

The calendar says it's early May, and you know what that means...it's almost time for The Raccoon Ridge Raptors to make their appearance at this year's World Series of Birding!

The big event will be held on Saturday May 6th, from midnight to midnight, and as usual your beloved Raptors will be cruising Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap on our bikes (as well as on foot) in pursuit of avian treasure and a respectable finish in the Swarovski Carbon Footprint Challenge category of this prestigious event. As you may already know, only teams willing to forgo the use of any and all motorized forms of transportation are eligible to participate in this division.

As always, we are raising money for The Raptor Trust - click here to donate now! - and our team has four participants:  long-time members Stephen Bagen, Maura Griffin and Scott Wood, and this year we are delighted to introduce our newest teammate (and World Series of Birding "rookie") Chris Soucy...who just happens to be the Director of The Raptor Trust!

So please give generously, if you are already familiar with The Raptor Trust and the great work that they do, you will already know that they are a unique and wonderful organization. For more information on The Raptor Trust, please click here.

As always, on behalf of The Raptor Trust, the Raccoon Ridge Raptors would like to thank you for your ongoing support!




Team Members
Stephen Bagen
Maura Griffin
Chris Soucy
Scott Wood