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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1...2...3...4...I declare a Warbler War!

Hey all,
I know it's a little bit early yet, but what do you think about a "Warbler War"? By this I mean points (apart from our yardbird competition) would be awarded for the first sighting of any species of warbler (1pt each)...and bonus points are awarded for species that are not seen by any of the other participants (1 additional per species). Then the yard with the most warbler species recorded on or before, say June 6th would get a points bonus (3pts).
Things may be evened out a bit for Dave, who while being significantly further south, has a disadvantage habitat-wise. Comments and suggestions are welcome on how to set this thing up.
By the way, post in the comments what your all-time yard warbler list is.
Here's my list:

1 American Redstart
2 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Blackburnian Warbler
4 Blackpol Warbler
5 Black-throated Blue Warbler
6 Black-throated Green Warbler
7 Canada Warbler
8 Cape May Warbler
9 Chestnut-sided Warbler
10 Magnolia Warbler
11 Mourning Warbler
12 Nashville Warbler
13 Ovenbird
14 Palm Warbler
15 Tennessee Warbler
16 Wilson's Warbler
17 Yellow Warbler
18 Yellow-rumped Warbler
19 Common Yellowthroat


  1. I like the idea. Especially since I'm going to be in CA until May 1st. So you definitely will have to be really watching those last few days in April to one-up me on those Pine, Palm, Black-and-white, and Yellow-rumps. I think my yard warb list may make you reconsider the challenge though?

    Blue-winged Warbler
    Golden-winged Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Yellow Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Magnolia Warbler
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler (1 record)
    Pine Warbler
    Prairie Warbler (2 records)
    Palm Warbler
    Bay-breasted Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Cerulean Warbler (4 records)
    Black-and-White Warbler
    American Redstart
    Prothonotary Warbler (1 record)
    Worm-eating Warbler (1 record)
    Northern Waterthrush
    Louisiana Waterthrush (1 record)
    Kentucky Warbler (1 record)
    Connecticut Warbler (3 records)
    Mourning Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Hooded Warbler (2 records)
    Wilson's Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Yellow-breasted Chat (1 record)

    35 spp in all

  2. Haven't had time to dig up my warbler yard list, but did want to mention that your supposed Swainson's Warbler yard bird did not pass by unnoticed. All I have to say is, "yeah right!".

  3. I wondered how long it would take for someone to notice! Just testing your observation skills again. Correct observation, but it took you 36 hours to find! You need to work a bit harder, maybe someday this training will translate into actual improvement on your bird identifications. Just try'n to help, "Calebson", cause that's just the kind of guy I am.
    Master Miyagi

  4. Wow, son, your trash-talking game has clearly elevated to the next level (nice job!). I'd like to take the majority of the credit for that accomplishment. Puts a tear in my eye to see how far you've come, m'boy...


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