2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Black Ducks and Herring Gulls on the move

Still no word from Caleb, he must have forgotten which way to look through his binoculars... A two hour hike this afternoon yielded almost nothing until the very end (even feeder birds were lacking). After getting back to the house with barely anything having been recorded, I decided to spend some time on the ridge looking east over the valley (where Honey Creek flows) and try to pick up at least a distant HOLA or ROPI flying by. No luck on those two but a distant four-ship of dabblers luckily turned towards me and I caught the all white under wing and dark body of four American Black Ducks (#37) heading north along the creek. I'm not sure off the top of my head, but I don't think I've had that species very many times here as they really aren't very common in SE Wisconsin even in migration (nothing like the Wastewater or the Jersey coast...). Trailing the black ducks were five Herring Gulls (#38) filing their way back towards Lake Michigan for the night. A few siskins have also been frequenting the feeders after being inexplicably nearly absent from my goldfinch flock all winter. I'll throw up the digibined shot through the screen when I upload my SD card. I hope you guys haven't forgotten about this site...

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