It is becoming difficult to express how crazy the bird bath "deluge" is becoming in my yard. Today, as it grew to the usual 7 birds, I got the camera ready and started snapping away, only to realize that suddenly there were at least 12 birds in the bath SIMULTANEOUSLY! Just watch the video:
The actual total was at least 15 individuals, with 14 visible in this still frame:
In my entire birding life I have never witnessed so many warblers shoulder to shoulder- if anyone has, please let me know when and where it happened, as well as what species were involved, and whether it was in a water feature like mine.
Also, today witnessed a resurgence in the species diversity of warblers, with the following being tallied:
Cape May- 1
Black-throated Green- 2
Nashville- 5 simultaneously
Tennessee- 12 simultaneously
Other interesting species:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- 1 FOS
Horned Lark- daily
and a couple bonus photos:
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.