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, August 12, 2009

Some activity, still no official fall warblers

Well this morning brought a tinge of cold air to the backyard which seemed to signal fall is close by. Avian signs also seem to corroborate this. Late in the afternoon I saw a naked-eye swallow way overhead which appeared to be a female Purple Martin, but given my stringent standards (as opposed to those of others, no names mentioned- cough, SLAY, cough, GER, cough NIGHT, cough, HERONS) I did not count it as the life yard bird it would have been. Also heard a warbler seep from the canopy briefly which I never heard again. The chickadees aren't responding much anymore to the alarm recording, making it tougher to call down the flocks. Will try again tomorrow. Finally, the local Red-eyed Vireos are still singing away, though only intermittently. Can't WAIT for some fall warblers at the water feature.


  1. Just had 4 new fall 09 yardbirds: Starling, TV, Indigo Bunting (singing across the street!), and Cooper's Hawk. Watch out Brigand- 1 more and we're tied!

  2. Two RBNU at the feeders today were chased off by WBNU. Unfortunately, I didn't see these as its a mom report. 19 WITU drinking from the water feature today (another mom report). They left behind a mess. I'm not looking forward to cleaning this thing.

    Speaking of Putrid, I'd probably have a few more birds on my fall list if I worked (I mean birded) at home all day, too.

  3. All right- I guess old guys can talk trash too! Well played, my friend. Well played.

    As for night-herons, how do I say it (oh yeah- Rock Pigeons)

  4. Old? You might as well tell me I'm bald or out of shape. You can take the "kid" gloves off mi amigo.

  5. OK, you look like the rear end of a horse and yo momma wears army boots. Is that better?


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