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.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Surprise guest

I know this is going to give Curtis all kinds of identification trouble (heck, I won't be too surprised is all of you have trouble), so I am going to make him/you suffer (mwaaahaaahaaa). After last night's full 12 inches of snow I was very surprised to see this at my feeder with the new frenzy:

without a doubt my latest ever for Michigan (!) by at least a month. Wonder where this bird has been over the last month or two? Also had the fall's first yard American Tree Sparrow today. Bring on the BRSP for a Spizella trifecta.


  1. Amazing that you got that much snow. Have had just a dusting here where the lake effect machine usually dumps first. You can have it. I'm not ready for it yet.

    Brewer's would be most welcome anywhere in the state - even in your yard. Whats the prognostication for the next MI mega-rarity? Thick-billed Murre, Black Guillemot, Long-billed Murrelet....

    Missed the damn Dovekie. 13 miles from my door. I think there was too much concentration on ANMU, at least on my part. And the fact that South Haven is way under birded.

  2. Yeah agreed about the underbirdedness (pretty sure I just coined that word) of South Haven. A solid spot, but just far enough from the usual Muskegon/Grand Haven stops and kind of a ways form the normal Berrien Co haunts...
    Nice spizella Caleb. For what it's worth I've never had a Chipping at my feeders past early Nov and I've had a Field Sparrow once (12/26/06). Are you in a CBC circle out there Caleb?

  3. Picture of the FISP previously mentioned: http://midwestbirder.blogspot.com/2006/12/field-sparrow-122606-burlington-wi.html

  4. Sean- FISP is really great this time of year! My CHSP was last seen on the 8th; I doubt he is still alive. And anyway I don't think I am in a CBC circle so it wouldn't have mattered even if he lived. I am ready for RLHA over my yard now please!


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