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.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Curtis' Yard weighing in

I don't have much to say about the composition of my yard (since there's not much here, unlike some other competitor who lives on some Leopoldian bird paradise in WI!). It's in urban SW Grand Rapids, has several mature oaks in the back and an abandoned wooded, shrubby lot about 50yds x 150yds in the back running parallel to our street. This lot does have a tendency to attract migrants and is my only hope for survival in this competition with 2 country folk! I have one patch of evergreenery across the street consisting of one white pine and one norway spruce (this is where the WWCRs come!).
So far for 09 I've got a slow start: 21

White-winged Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
House Finch
European Starling
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Cooper's Hawk
Carolina Wren
Great Horned Owl
American Crow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Blue Jay
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk

*You know, Sean, I have not seen a pigeon yet either, believe it or not.

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