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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Proposed new "yard"

Well here's my proposed new "yard". I'm not sure how to exactly measure an acre from an aerial view, but after looking at Caleb and Curtis' places from similar heights on google earth this is pretty close. I bent the line because there's a pond there and it's tough for me to stand in it. I choose this area because it's about the closest area to my place that actually affords a view of the ponds and has some cattails and a few trees in it (and stays off the active fairways for the most part...). I'll go back through my list from this place and figure out what I've seen from there assuming you guys are okay with this.

No swans overhead today, but there was a female Hooded Merganser on the water and four shovelers were also present (my second observation here).Let me know guys.


  1. This looks totally fine to me- that polygon is essentially the exact size of Curtis's search area. You will definitely have an advantage in terms of the view of the horizon, but a clear disadvantage in terms of forest canopy. We'll see how well you can overcome it!

  2. Not trying to be a prick about this, but isn't this a bit removed from Sean's apartment? Just recollecting what was detailed in your earlier post, Putz:
    "So, to keep it consistent, how about Sean is allowed to choose 1 acre's worth of land (which must include the actual building in which he lives, and must be square or slightly rectangular at best, as the "viewing spot" from within which all birds must be identifiable (optics or not)."

  3. Wow, Rick "Hard Ass" Brigham bringing down the hammer! :) Actually, I did say that initially, but we backed off when we saw that we would be forcing Sean to stand in an active fairway! This allows him to at least get to some habitat where he won't be standing in front of whizzing golf balls.

  4. Hard Ass here again....
    I can understand the rationale that resulted in this decision (after all I wouldn't want Sean to encounter the wrong "birdie"). However, in reviewing past posts I don't find the discussion that lead to this decision. Perhaps it took place on another venue or by phone? Anyway, I would like to suggest that perhaps we ought to offer this same "handicap" to Dave as he is in a similar confined situation although without the threat of little white balls.

    Also, to get clarification, is Sean able to count from his abode as well?

  5. Good points Rixta. My feeling is that Dave should be extended the same courtesy if he should want it. Further, I think Sean (and Dave by extension) should be allowed to count stuff both from their house (not technically part of their "polygon") and from their polygon.

  6. That's cool. I think this change will make the findings more equitable. Is that a good thing for you Slobber? Can you find an acre nearby? As I recall you have some river habitat nearby....


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