269 species seen in NJ `World Series of Birding'

May 10, 2009 11:38:42 AM PDT
This competition is for the birds. Bird enthusiasts making their way through New Jersey on Saturday catalogued a total of 269 different species as part of the New Jersey Audubon Society's annual "World Series of Birding."

The competitive fundraising event asks birders to identify as many species as they can by sight or sound in a 24-hour period.

The "Lagerhead Shrikes" team came in first overall, counting 229 species in the state.

A team from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., that had been looking to reclaim the title it lost last year instead came in third, with 221 species.

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