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.

Monday, March 23, 2009

45/77 & warbler list

Again was very pleased to wake up not only to a year bird, but also a life yard bird (45/77):

Curtis, FYI- this is not a Winter Wren- it is a House Wren.

On a serious note (yes that is possible), an interesting subcontext to this whole contest has been that Curtis and I are battling in the yard life list contest as well. He moved into his house prior to spring migration last year, while I moved into mine in early July, so he has had a lead of 5-10 birds throughout the last 6 months or so. However, as he knows, the tide is likely to turn once the spring migrants hit (like....now!). That lead has now whittled down to 4 birds with the addition of FOSP. Once the Parulidae hit it will likely be no looking back (does this sound overconfident?) as I am still missing Pine, Palm, Bay-breasted, Orange-crowned, Parula, Mourning, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, YELLOW!, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, both waterthrush, Connecticut, YELLOWTHROAT, Canada, Hooded, and Bachman's.

Speaking of this, here is my yard warbler list (current house only). Laugh now Curtis, laugh until mid May, my friend.
1) Tennessee
2) Black-throated Green
3) Blackpoll
4) Black-throated Blue
5) Wilson's
6) Black-and-white
7) Nashville
8) Magnolia
9) Yellow-rumped
10) American Redstart
11) Cape May


    Can you hear me laughing! I will laugh till May and RIGHT ON THROUGH IT TOO!
    I'm still missing 11/18 of the warblers that you mentioned you don't have...and to even mention Bachman's Warbler shows what a lack of birding knowledge you actually have. And the best of luck to BOTH of us on getting HOWA, GWWA and CONW here EVER(I do have HOWA for 2 yards I lived at in NC though!). I guess you need to fabricate things a bit like Sean to add those species to your yard list.

  2. By the way, nice try at calling that bird a House Wren. Can't you tell it's a Hermit Thrush! Reddish tail, streaky breast...come ON!


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