Migration Madness 2020

Just a little background to this. About five years I created a website to provide what I called “complete” guide to North American Birds but since then it’s evolved into just a birding blog, fun community-gathering group of people. Anyway, out of the fun events I prepare for the year, the most popular one is Migration Madness. So if you have no desire to watch basketball like me, every day from March 18 and April 6, I will have voting matchups on my blog’s facebook page. Just vote for your favorite bird every day. Voting is open for 24 hours after the post is made.

Here’s the schedule I’ve prepared for the madness.

Migration Madness Schelude

  • March 18: First Four (2 matchups)
  • March 19-22: Round of 64 (8 matchups per day)
  • March 23-26: Round of 32 (4 matchups per day)
  • March 27-30: Sweet Sixteen (2 matchups per day)
  • March 31-April 3: Elite Eight (1 matchup per day)
  • April 4-5: Final Four (1 matchup per day)
  • April 6: Championship

And contestants for the event.


Snowy Owl
American Kestrel

Cedar Waxwing
Purple Finch

Red-shouldered Hawk

Downy Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo

Blue Jay
Eastern Kingbird or Great Egret


Northern Mockingbird
White Ibis

Eastern Bluebird
Pileated Woodpecker


Northern Flicker
Common Nighthawk or House Finch

Mountain Bluebird

Loggerhead Shrike
American Goldfinch

Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Tanager

Snow Goose
Double-crested Cormorant

Sandhill Crane
Horned Lark

American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee

California Scrub-Jay
Ring-necked Pheasant


Harlequin Duck
Belted Kingfisher

Violet-green Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird

Pied-billed Grebe

Northern Cardinal
Common Loon

Carolina Wren
Song Sparrow or Western Meadowlark

Bald Eagle
Lapland Longspur

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Canada Jay


Anna’s Hummingbird
Wood Stork or Yellow-rumped Warbler

Great Blue Heron
Burrowing Owl

Palm Warbler
Mourning Dove

Little Blue Heron
Willow Flycatcher

White-crowned Sparrow
Ferruginous Hawk

Lazuli Bunting
Common Tern

Black Phoebe
Band-tailed Pigeon

Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-breasted Chat

Previous Winners:

  • 2019: Anna’s Hummingbird
  • 2018: Mountain Bluebird
  • 2017: Mountain Bluebird
  • 2016: Mountain Bluebird

Cool! I will see if I can catch it!

That is a very cool idea, thanks. Please remind us here on the 18th w another post

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@birdwhisperer Hey, if you’re near the Texas coast show up to your nearest Adopt-a-Beach Clean Up. Here in Baffin bay we have tons of birds! If you aren’t near the coast I know there are some river and creek clean ups that also have tons of wildlife. You can sign up here.

Will do. I think we can even make this feed a place to discuss what happens during the event.

First matchups start up tomorrow! Expect around 8 am PST (12 pm EST) the first four matchups. All voting goes through my blog’s facebook page.


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