Please join us in congratulating Chloe Marshall of Castro, Chile, winner of the February 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our February winner was drawn from eBirders who was a part of a shared eligible eBird checklist in February. Chloe’s name was drawn randomly from the 104,128 eligible checklists submitted by 11,881 eBirders who achieved the February challenge threshold. Chloe will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for her eBirding efforts. We asked Chloe to tell us a little more about herself, her use of eBird, and her love of birds – read on for more.
On February 28, a homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska, noted a bird at their feeder that was not from around here . That bird, an ABA Code 4 Hawfinch, was seen again a few days later and has been regular since March 6. The bird is visiting a feeder on Park Hills Circle in Anchorage. [read more…]