The first annual Bird Poker event at Commons Ford was a big success. Nine teams participated in absolutely beautiful weather. Thanks to all who participated.
So many birders in the park turned up two new species: Long-billed Curlew and Barn Owl. A total of (roughly) 98 species was tallied for the day which is a single day park record. The full list is below. Most interesting misses were Greater Roadrunner and Eastern Screech Owl.
The winning team, Crakes of Wrath, scored 53 points and also the most species (78). Congratulations to Byron Stone, Noreen Baker, Christian Walker and Arman Moreno.
Birding the Hardway (Bryce and Rob Hardway) were only one point behind while the third place team, the Old Crows (Trent Miller, Fred Dalbey and Robin Doughty) had 39 points.
Thanks to all of our donors: Native American Seed Company, Diane Sherrill of Native EarthScapes, artist Gail Woods, Brush Freeman and Barton Springs Nursery for their kind donations and support. All funds raised from this event will go toward continuing the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project. Our expanded efforts include placing some education signs around the prairie this year.
Mark your calendars and join us for Bird Poker 2016 during the last week of March.
The species list as submitted by participating teams follows:
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Le Conte's Sparrow