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 1, 2009

Late House Wren - 10/30

I braved the rain on Friday and went out in hope that the rain had grounded some waterfowl or something. The fairways had all flooded and there were geese and mallards everywhere. Not many passerines to be had, but a lone House Wren surprised me (from my eBird entries I have never had a HOWR past the last week of Sept in WI, MI, IL, IN, or even NJ!). Also had a female Rusty Blackbird land among the robins in the top of some cottonwoods and then flyover a little bit later. A handful of YRWAs and one Palm Warbler were also noted. Also had a single DCCO flyover (they'd all but disappeared over the past ten days here).
Currently in a hotel in Ft Lauderdale listening to BTGRs sqwack outside. Now I have to not pay attention to birds the rest of this trip...


  1. I agree this seems on the late end. I had one Oct 13 2005 at Riverside park and one in mid October this year at Mouillee. Our "Birds of michigan" coffee table book lists at least 8 Chrismtas Bird Count records for Michigan as of 1994, so apparently this is not unprecedented, though clearly a good bird.

  2. Thanks for the comments guys. Seemed very late to me but good to know not unprecedented. It didn't flag on the IL eBird filters, but they aren't exactly very refined with all the white-winged gulls, WEGR, Red Phalarope, Snowy Owl, and EVGR showing up as regularly expected in my inland northern IL county...


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