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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

And again

Wow- the birds are really hitting. Just looked up in my backyard to see a flock of 17 Tundra Swans (116/116) headed south, SILENTLY. No wonder my mic hasn't yet paid off with this species. This also brings us cumulatively to 150, inching slowly toward Sean's old WI record.

And these ones would have counted even if we defined the contest as those birds either within or directly above one's yard- they were straight above the house at about maybe 500-1000 feet.

Sean- let's see some number from the new jaunt in Illinois- start by proposing a boundary to us, then letting us know what you've identified from within that boundary.


  1. Having in been in your yard, straight overhead is the only way you're getting flyovers there! I will when I get a chance. Lots of errands and the good ole honey-do list just doesn't get smaller!

  2. Sean, the married man. Still getting used to that! We'll look for your post whenever you get to it. Heck, the longer you wait the better, since anything seen prior to that which can't be categorized as to your location when you observed it cannot be counted!

  3. au contrar, the longer I wait the more I can gerrymander my "acre" to fit the stuff I've seen! Hell, nothings around anymore aside from a few waterbirds anyway. I'm poping outside for a little to try to get Tundra Swan overhead. Everyone and their brother on WI and IL lists are seeing them flyover.

  4. Had 34 fly over the yard this evening. God I love their calls!


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