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, September 11, 2009

9/11 update

On this somber anniversary the birds continue to please in the Putnam water feature. For a while it looked like most of the birds from the past 2 days had moved on, but at 2:14PM the flurry of warblers again returned to the watering hole. Today's tally:

Blackburnian- 1 female, first for fall
Magnolia- first for all of 2009! what took so long?
Black-throated Blue- 1
Tennessee- 8 AT ONCE!! Likely 10-12+
Nashville- 5 AT ONCE. 6-8 total??
Cape May- 2
Bay-breasted- 1
Black-throated Green- 1
Black-and-white- 1
Redstart- 1

Today's 3 pointer:

The other 4 TEWAs were directly above these 4:

I believe there are 7 birds visible in this frame:

I think this must be an adult male given the all blackish wings and tertials (young males would have obvious molt limits in the coverts), plus the red breast. This is a plumage I don't typically expect to see in Michigan, but have likely just overlooked.


  1. OK. What are you spiking the water with?

  2. Don't get an ego boost from this, but I gotta say that this is pretty impressive.

  3. I am the greatest, no question, Rick. As you indicated... Just noticing.



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