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 6, 2009


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).


  1. Sean, make sure to fill in your warbler sightings on the "warbler war" tab on the google doc. Instructions are there on how to do it, but the numbers add automatically. If you are the 2nd person to get a species, just change the score of the other person from a 3 to a 2.

  2. Sean- it took me a while to see where this warbler war spreadsheet is located. On the bottom left hand corner of the yearlist spreadsheet look for the 2nd tab "Warbler War".


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