I woke up late (after staying up late applying for jobs) and to a text from Tom Prestby that he had 15 warbler species at a park over in Madison this am. Hustled outside and worked the little wooded strip along the seasonal stream (that is quickly drying up without any rain this week). Picked up 8 warbler species (about 15 individuals) and a WAVI including three that are new for the year: Tennessee, 2 Chestnut-sided (one singing), and a sharp looking Blackpoll high in the willows. With those three additions I have now finally tied the warbler score with Caleb who while he has seen less species, keeps getting them first giving him double points... It started to drizzle so I had to come back in sooner than I had planned, but not before adding a singing Wood Thrush, a flyover Indigo Bunting, and a female RT Hummingbird at the feeder in the back.
The last few days have been quite slow. Yesterday I picked up a singing BH Vireo, BTNW, and a distant flyover DC Cormorant. The previous day I think YWAR was my only addition. I've been wondering when we're actually going to get hit. I was hoping today would be really good but it looks like this is just a more typical May day and nothing spectacular... We'll see if more stuff drops in later today.
EDIT - Mostly the same crowd around this aft, although a Brown Thrasher was singing to my east on the brushy hillside. Also, a late evening Osprey was trying to stay between storm cells winging its way north up the valley to my east. AND also a flyover Great Egret towards dark while watching for nighthawks (without luck).
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.