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.

Friday, August 28, 2009

YBFL - an ABA year bird!

Well I went out aiming to nab a few more FOS for the fall warb war but came up surprisingly with only two warbler species (even as Mike McDowell to my west has 13 species this morning...). Ovenbird was my only new addition for my fall tally (but six of them) along with a lone female AMRE. But there were numerous thrushes, flycatchers, and vireos in the woods which kept me interested. Their totals are here: 2 SWTH, 5 WOTH, 1 YBFL, 1 TRFL (90% sure Willow based on whit call but I'm not going further than that), 2 LEFL, 2 WAVI, 1 PHVI, and 8 REVI. Also had 4 SCTAs including a male showing a nice variegated pattern as he molts from his summer finery. The Yellow-bellied Fly was the only new bird for the year and is actually an ABA year bird (#418) as I missed them this spring for the first time ever... Oh yeah, had another Bank Swallow among many BARS and literally the worst day for mosquitoes that I've had here all summer...

1 comment:

  1. Ya know I wasn't sure about that. I've been too far removed from ALFLs for the past two years... Working with the SW WIFLs I got pretty used to their "whit" call but I couldn't remember if ALFL gave something similar. Do the rest of you guys concur that a Traill's giving a "whit" can only be a WIFL?


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