OK, lest this thing get out of hand, I am introducing one final new addition to the blog, and at the same time closing the door on new members for the time being. Let's try this out for a year before we add any more. This time, I welcome famed yooper Joe Kaplan, a man who tries hard but is still working out the finer points of bird identification such as Phoebe vs Pewee, and is hoping his life list will break 400 this year. With a little instruction from good birders (us not being included in this category), perhaps he will have stuff like this worked out by next year.
In seriousness, Joe can trade barbs with the best of them, and unfortunately for us he lives within very short distance of Lake Michigan near Escanaba, right on the fringe of Portage Marsh. This guarantees he will see a lot of cool stuff from within the yard, so I was somewhat hesitant to welcome him as I was hoping to have a fighting chance this year. But hey, the more SOBs we can have onboard, the more fun we'll have. In any event I thought I'd kick things off by showing you the chain of stores he owns selling fireworks in IN and IL:
and the view from his backyard:Joe- how's about a synopsis of your yard, its location and acreage, some aerial imagery, and a puerile attempt at trashtalk?
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.