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Winner - Challenge for Charity January 2011 | Sandy Schriever for DFW Wildlife Coalition

I can’t think of a better way to return to Birder’s Lounge than with the announcement of the winner to January’s Challenge for Charity. Congratulations to Sandy Schriever, who answered every question correctly, and won the Bonus question to boot! Sandy’s charity is DFW Wildlife Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping humans and wildlife coexist in our urban areas. This is certainly a valuable service!

And now, for the answers…

Picture 1 | Titusville, FL | Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja)

Picture 1: This flying flock of pink birds can only be the awesome Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja). This was my first glimpse of these birds, and though brief and far away, the sight of them was still a thrill.


Picture 2 | Plano, TX | Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Picture 2: This is another first-time sighting for me. This little bird is a Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa). In my area, I’m much more apt to see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula). Tiny and active, their constant movement will grab your attention but frustrate your attempts to capture a good photo.


Picture 3 | Plano, TX | Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Picture 3: This tree-hugger is hard to spot except in profile, as in the photo. This bird is a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), and true to his/her name, was busily creeping all around the tree, looking for arthropods in and under the bark.


Bonus | Plano, TX | Red-shouldered Hawk

Bonus: I am no expert with raptor identification, but I’m pretty sure this is a Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). I recently saw a Red-shouldered Hawk up close (at a raptor rehab center), and it looked just like this one. My field guides also lead me to this bird – sure is handsome.

The next Challenge for Charity contest will be posted March 1st. Until then, Birder’s Lounge will be ramping back up to full strength.


7 Responses to “Winner – Challenge for Charity, January 2011”

  • I’m amazed you got photos of the brown creeper AND the kinglet. They’re so…twitchy.

  • Congrats Sandy! It looks like a wonderful charity. And thanks Amber for putting on the “Challenge for Charity!” Amber, definitely a Red-shouldered Hawk. Beautiful photos by the way 😉

  • Thanks everyone for the donation made to the DFW Wildlife Coalition for Sandy’s winning the Challenge for Charity, January 2011. She introduced me to the Birders Lounge and I’ve signed up. Lots of great information on birds, and bugs and lizards.. all sorts of urban and some not-so-urban wildlife. Glad I’m aware of your blog now. Thanks for winning us the donation, Sandy, and Amber and for the kudos to our oragnization. Kathy Milacek, DFW Wildlife Coalition http://www.DFWwildlife.org Sharing Our Cities & Our Backyards With Wildlife

    • Hi Kathy – thank you for all of the good work you do to help humans and animals co-exist in the DFW area. It looks like you discovered Birder’s Lounge at about the same time that Birder’s Lounge went into a bit of a hiatus, cutting back to offering photos and brief commentary only. I look forward to the day when Birder’s Lounge can return to full-steam nature blog content. I’m hoping to be in a position to resume full operation by January, 2012. Wow…I think this is the first time I have put this in print. 😉

  • kimberly:

    love the pic again u must travel alot? i love the way u have the wonderful pic and then something about the pic and telling whts goin on and bout the animal very nice i have learned things i didnt knw before so glad lol 🙂

    • Hi Kimberly – I try to take a weekend trip once each month. I don’t know if that sounds like a lot of travel to you, but I sure enjoy the opportunity to see nature in different places. And I awlways bring back pictures to share. 😉

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