Over the previous couple of weeks, we’ve got been working a enjoyable bird-themed bracket impressed by the faculty basketball tournaments. Our 2022 Most Wanted Birds bracket problem asks anybody who needs to participate what birds they most need to find within the wild. We began with 64 species in 4 classes: Seabirds & Waterbirds, Songbirds, Raptors & Owls, and Everyone Else, which included grouse, hummingbirds, rails, and different species.

After 4 rounds, we’re right down to our final 4, the “victors,” so to talk, within the 4 sections of the bracket. The matchups on this spherical are:

Steller’s Sea-Eagle vs. Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Blue-footed Booby vs. Green Jay

Our present chicken bracket

If you want some background on the 4 contenders, we’ve obtained you coated.

Steller’s Sea-Eagle

This large raptor is discovered primarily in jap Russia, Korea, and Japan. It has wandered over to Alaska a number of occasions, making it a Code 4 species in keeping with the American Birding Association’s guidelines.

As you most likely know, a person Steller’s Sea-Eagle made headlines over the previous couple of months, when it turned up in jap Canada after which flew south to Massachusetts and later Maine. It has been hanging across the coastal space close to Georgetown, Maine, and it was final seen on March 5, in keeping with Maine Audubon.

This wayward raptor possible impressed most of the votes for Steller’s Sea-Eagle within the first 4 rounds.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

This good-looking hummingbird recurrently happens from southeastern Arizona south to central Mexico, simply south of Mexico City.

The most dependable place to see it in Arizona is the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, previously often known as the yard of the late Wally and Marion Paton. Birders report the species on eBird on the Paton Center year-round. The species, rated as Code 2 by the ABA, may also be noticed at Ramsey Canyon and Miller Canyon, two of the perfect birding spots in southeastern Arizona, and it has been recorded at many different areas in Arizona and New Mexico, in addition to a number of in California. Vagrants have been discovered north of San Francisco and as far east because the mountains of Virginia.

Blue-footed Booby

This seabird with its comical blue toes lives on islands and shorelines of the Pacific, from the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico to central Chile. Birders who go to the Galapagos are certain to see it, because the species happens on nearly of the well-known islands within the archipelago.

Blue-footed Boobies have been seen from time to time farther north in recent times, alongside the California coast, and in 2018 at Cape Meares State Park on the Oregon coast. Vagrants have additionally turned up inland – in Utah and jap New Mexico. The chicken is rated a Code 4 by the ABA.

The solely U.S. report within the final 12 months, in keeping with eBird, was a gaggle of as much as three boobies that have been on Santa Barbara Island, southwest of Los Angeles, from July to early October 2021.

Read extra about Blue-footed Booby right here

Green Jay

Our most good-looking corvid happens from southern Texas to Honduras. And one other inhabitants, which can be a separate species, is present in northern South America.

In Texas, the Code 2 species was confined to the southern tip of the state, however its vary has expanded northward nearly to San Antonio.

If you go to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, look ahead to the chicken at a wide range of the well-known birding websites alongside the river, from Sabal Palm Sanctuary to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to different websites like South Padre Island, King Ranch, and plenty of others. It prefers woodlands with brushy understories.

Read extra about Green Jay right here

How to vote

Let us know which birds you need to see probably the most by voting immediately or early on Saturday on one in every of our social media pages: Twitter, or our Facebook or Instagram Stories.

We’ll announce the 2 species that make it to the championship spherical early subsequent week, and we’ll announce the profitable chicken subsequent Friday. Want to be the primary to know who wins? Sign up for our e-newsletter. 

Credits for the photographs above: Violet-crowned Hummingbird by Steve Byland/Shutterstock. Blue-footed Booby by Don Mammoser/Shutterstock. Green Jay by Christian Sanchez. Steller’s Sea-Eagle by Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock.

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