This brings our cumulative total within 6 birds of Sean, and my yard list to 85, just 3 behind Curtis. We have until May 1 to get a lead on Sean, and it's going to have to be a good one or he'll pass us within days. My biggest targets over the next weeks are: Turkey, Rough-legged Hawk (getting late, hoping for a migrant), Wood Duck, Common Loon, Osprey, American Kestrel, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Rock Pigeon (just need one to fly .5 miles east of the airport for me!), Kingfisher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rough-winged, Barn, Bank, and Cliff Swallows, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated, White-crowned, and Swamp Sparrows, and Meadowlark. C'mon lady luck I am sure you can help me out with at least a few of these!
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.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Back to back life yardbirds
Well, with the warm temperatures and tons of new singing behavior I was able to score both a singing Vesper Sparrow in the field to the north of the house, then within seconds a slightly more distant Field Sparrow singing away. Surprisingly, both were life yard birds.