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.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nocturnal calls

Well ladies, Dave is no longer the only one of us with a nocturnal migration microphone. Mine is officially up and running in the backyard right now, and I cannot express how insanely awesome this thing is. I am listening real time to the live feed from the mic (3AM) through the speakers, and the software writes a file to disk every time it detects a short burst in the right frequency range. Just 5 minutes ago I got two consecutive Cape May Warbler seeps (arched, buzzy, with tail lower than leading edge), and an hour ago I had 2 Black-and-White Warbler notes (uniquely shaped, broad band, and buzzy), as well as a probable Tennessee (tougher to classify as it's similar to several other species with a single unbuzzy upslurred seep).

Any way, I am going to attempt to sleep now, but rest assured that I wil find a way to get stuff like Veery and Northern Waterthrush while sitting on my roof with this setup, so that I can count stuff as yardbirds.

And by the way, BUILD YOURSELF ONE OF THESE THINGS. You have to. Incredible.

Nighty night...

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