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, May 11, 2009

Fallout over, but still new birds

Well, the fallout of yesterday was unprecedented for my yard and made for a bit of a let down this a.m. but I still managed to gain some year and yard birds...
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (83) - heard
Common Yellowthroat (84) - heard
White-crowned Sparrow (85/96) - seen/heard
Orange-crowned Warbler (86/97) seen/heard

As for warblers, I reached 19 for the weekend...not bad when the name of your yard isn't Magee Marsh or Point Pelee. That puts me 10 points up on Sean in the Warbler War! And I've got more birds that are very likely to get for this year...BTBW, WIWA, CAWA, BBWA, MOWA...and who knows what else!


  1. Wow- what a push that was! I definitely didn't get nearly the density of migrants as you did, but there were definitely new birds around. My read on this is that in your city-surrounded patch, all of the tree-seeking birds are "sucked" into the oasis behind your house. But in my case they can get by anywhere on the landscape and thus don't concentrate in my yard. So in a strange way, living in an urban setting may be giving you the edge!

  2. Yeah I think you are probably right Caleb. Ovenbird was the only addition for me yesterday. But I must confess I did very little birding this weekend due to other factors... :-)


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