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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

#43 (&44), this time for real

I was pleased today to wake up to the song of #43 in my backyard (listen to the video). UPDATE: just had 44 as well: Turkey Vulture (6:10PM).
Part of the reason I think this bird is here (it's not been at the feeder yet at all), is the fact that I finally got the ice out of my water feature, cleaned out the pump, and started it up again (what a good feeling). Actually, the phoebe made a repeat performance, this time coming in to the water feature before quickly leaving. Haven't been able to score a photo of it just yet. Here's what the water feature looks like. Note the upper smaller pool (with water streaming into it) and the huge lower pool, which has some aquatic natives whic are yet to surface. Also, in the video you can get a feel for the habitat of my yard. I have tons of tall oaks and black cherries, severely obstructing my view of the horizon (Whoa- just had another Mute Swan go over right as I am typing...). The conifer visible in the photo was home to 100+ redpolls and siskins throughout the winter, though the redpolls are long gone now. 

And yes, I did get a photo of the songster too:

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