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Glen Bernhardt Century Count

When does the count happen?

The Glen Bernhardt Century Count occurs every year on the third Saturday of May!

This year's count date is: 

 May 17, 2025


What is the Glen Bernhardt Century Count?

The Century Count is our long-running tradition to count as many species as we can within Erie County. As the name suggests, the goal is to surpass 100 species! 

We aim to visit various locations around Erie County, including Sheldon Marsh, Edison Woods MetroPark, Erie Sand Barrens State Nature Preserve, and Pipe Creek Wildlife Area.


People can join us at any time/location. We will begin at Sheldon Marsh at 6AM, and expect to arrive at Pipe Creek around 4PM (visiting various other locations throughout the day). However, our schedule may change depending on the birds that are being seen in the area, so we cannot follow an exact schedule.

registration is NOT required. Simply get in touch and join us where we are.

If you’re unable to join the group, you can still participate. please email us by the end of Sunday to let us know what birds you have seen.

Other suggested birding locations: Huron Pier, Joseph Steinen Wildlife Area, Medusa Marsh, Osborn MetroPark, Wyandot MetroPark.

A downloadable bird list can be found here.

2024 Results

A group of up to 11 participants birded throughout the day, with independent birders contributing elsewhere. The main group counted 105 species, with an additional 8 species observed elsewhere. Altogether, an incredible 113 species were recorded in Erie County! A full list of the species observed can be found below. A permanent link to this list can be found here.

1. Canada Goose

2. Trumpeter Swan

3. Wood Duck

4. Mallard

5. Blue-winged Teal

6. Pied-billed Grebe

7. Double-crested Cormorant

8. American White Pelican

9. Great Blue Heron

10. Great Egret

11. Green Heron

12. Black-crowned Night-heron

13. Black Vulture

14. Turkey Vulture

15. Cooper's Hawk

16. Bald Eagle

17. Red-tailed Hawk

18. Chimney Swift

19. Belted Kingfisher

20. American Coot

21. Bonaparte's Gull

22. Ring-billed Gull

23. Herring Gull

24. Caspian Tern

25. Feral Pigeon (Rock Pigeon)

26. Mourning Dove

27. Black-bellied Plover

28. Semipalmated Plover

29. Killdeer

30. Dunlin

31. Stilt Sandpiper

32. Spotted Sandpiper

33. Solitary Sandpiper

34. Red-headed Woodpecker

35. Red-bellied Woodpecker

36. Downy Woodpecker

37. Hairy Woodpecker

38. Northern Flicker

39. Eastern Wood-pewee

40. Willow Flycatcher

41. Eastern Phoebe

42. Great Crested Flycatcher

43. Eastern Kingbird

44. Blue Jay

45. American Crow

46. Horned Lark

47. Cedar Waxwing

48. Philadelphia Vireo

49. Warbling Vireo

50. Red-eyed Vireo

51. Tree Swallow

52. Bank Swallow

53. Barn Swallow

54. Cliff Swallow

55. Black-capped Chickadee

56. Tufted Titmouse

57. White-breasted Nuthatch

58. House Wren

59. Sedge Wren

60. Marsh Wren

61. Carolina Wren

62. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

63. Gray Catbird

64. Brown Thrasher

65. European Starling

66. Eastern Bluebird

67. Swainson's Thrush

68. Wood Thrush

69. American Robin

70. Ovenbird

71. Northern Waterthrush

72. Prothonotary Warbler

73. Tennessee Warbler

74. Common Yellowthroat

75. American Redstart

76. Northern Parula

77. Magnolia Warbler

78. Bay-breasted Warbler

79. Blackburnian Warbler

80. Yellow Warbler

81. Chestnut-sided Warbler

82. Blackpoll Warbler

83. Palm Warbler

84. Yellow-rumped Warbler

85. Black-throated Green Warbler

86. Canada Warbler

87. Northern Cardinal

88. Rose-breasted Grosbeak

89. Blue Grosbeak

90. Indigo Bunting

91. Chipping Sparrow

92. Field Sparrow

93. Vesper Sparrow

94. Song Sparrow

95. Eastern Towhee

96. Bobolink

97. Eastern Meadowlark

98. Orchard Oriole

99. Baltimore Oriole

100. Red-winged Blackbird

101. Brown-headed Cowbird

102. Common Grackle

103. House Finch

104. American Goldfinch

105. House Sparrow



Additional Species:

106. Osprey

107.  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

108. Sora

109. Common Nighthawk

110. Olive-sided Flycatcher

111. Northern Rough-winged Swallow

112. Veery

113. Swamp Sparrow

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