Home > Birding > Birding Awards > Bird of the Year Award

Bird of the Year Award

The “Bird of the Year” Award is given annually by the Bird Study Group. A rare or unusual bird is chosen, and the award is given to the first person to see that bird.

Winners receive a certificate with a digital photo of the bird on it and also has his or her name engraved on a brass plate mounted on a special plaque of all the winners.

The winner of the 2012 Bird of the Year Award was Dave Don for his sighting of a Leach’s Storm-Petrel.

  • Bird of the Year winner, Rob Dobos (middle), pictured with his birding buddies Cheryl Edgecombe (left) and Dave Don. Photo by Michael Rowlands.
    Bird of the Year winner, Rob Dobos (middle),
    pictured with his birding buddies
    Cheryl Edgecombe (left) and Dave Don.
    Photo by Michael Rowlands.
  • Photo left to right, Cheryl Edgecombe, Rob Dobos, Barbara Charlton for the Long-billed Curlew.
    Photo left to right, Cheryl Edgecombe, Rob Dobos,
    Barbara Charlton for the Long-billed Curlew.

Previous Winners

  • 2015 – Howard Shapiro and Brian Gibson- Lark Bunting
  • 2014 – Darlene Bourdeau – White Ibis
  • 2013 – Brandon Holden – Neotropic Cormorant
  • 2012 – Dave Don – Leach’s Storm Petrel
  • 2011 – Rob Dobos – Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • 2010 – Tom Thomas – Le Conte’s Sparrow
  • 2009 – Cheryl Edgecombe, Rob Dobos and Barbara Charlton – Long-billed Curlew
  • 2008 – Kevin McLaughlin – Northern Hawk Owl
  • 2007 – Dave Donn – White-faced Ibis
  • 2006 – Barry Cherriere – Manx Shearwater
  • 2005 – Cheryl Edgecombe and Dave Don – Black-backed Woodpecker
  • 2004 – Angie and Ken Williams – Wilson ‘s Plover
  • 2003 – John Harvey, Jeff Skevington and Richard Skevington – Gray Flycatcher
  • 2002 – Maris Apse, Gavin Edmonstone and John Miles – Smith’s Longspur
  • 2001 – Jim Cram, Jim Dowall and Bill Smith – Ivory Gull
  • 2000 – Linda Nuttall – Heermann’s Gull