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, May 27, 2009

Mourning Warbler and some empids

Went out back in the misty cold drizzle and got pretty wet and bit up by mosquitoes... It was fortunately not in vain and I heard a Mourning Warbler singing from the middle of a large thicket about 50 feet into my neighbors woods. This actually ties up the "warbler war", for now... Curtis still has me by one species for the totals for the season so he will get some bonus points tacked on unless I manage to scrape up one more warbler species in the next few days (WIWA being most probable). Also had a Traill's Flycatcher that was frustratingly silent. The rest of my walk I predominately heard only the bzz of mosquitoes but right as I was about to leave the woods I heard the "pizza" of an Acadian Flycatcher. After some searching I spotted it high in the canopy actively foraging within the cover of the large oak leaves that have just recently come into their own here. I was pretty excited about that as this is only the second ACFL I've ever recorded in my yard. I was expecting maybe a YB fly out of this walk but came back with two different spp of empids...

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