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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Flyover Watching at Its Finest

Dudes! I'm excited to be entering the fray. Some of you may have it bad in terms of yard "habitat." However, I challenge any of you to top THIS! Funny, eh? There's seriously no natural habitat anywhere within the sight lines of my "condo." With the exception of the occasional ornamental pine tree or flower plantings, I'm left with nothing but sky. Not so bad on an autumn day with a stiff northwestern wind. Raptor watching can be quite interesting. After 4 months at this location, my yard list has yet to top 30. I do have some good ticks, though. Merlin flying down the street chasing EUSTs. High flying flocks of Sandhill Cranes. A quick flyby of a small group of Bank Swallows while checking the mail. If anything, I've learned to always remember to look up occasionally when birding amidst proper habitat.

Too bad Hammel Woods (to my southeast) isn't in my backyard...those lucky b-tards in the trailer park have it all!!!

Well, thanks for the invite and I'm glad to be a part of this historic occasion. My list to date stands at 1. Granted I have been out of commission for several days, and my work schedule dictates that I sit in an office from well before sunup to well after sundown, I'm still rather proud of at least getting Canada Goose. I'm predicting Prairie Falcon as #2.

Oh...does anyone know the finer points of separating out Blackpoll and Bay-breasted nocturnal flight calls??????




  1. Glad you finally arrived, Aaron! Only 4 mos? You got no place to go but up. Watch it though, 'cause your name will obviously be providing extensive entertainment - especially for Put Nut!

  2. Welcome aboard Aaron! Also, I found it pretty funny that the link you sent of the trailer park actually has a street that looks like it is called Burger King. How fitting!

  3. Boone Docks-

    Welcome aboard! For the rest of you- Aaron and I actually recently emailed back and forth regarding IBA/business stuff, when I had to act mature. It will be fun to see if his maturity level can sink as low as ours now.

    Aaron your yard makes Slags's yard look great! And Harry will be happy to know that he might actually be able to compete with one of us.

    Finally, could you send me a goofy jpeg of you to include on the frontpage photo? And do you have posting privileges on the blog sideabar and the google doc spreadsheet?

  4. Considering the nature of this blog, I figured that the handle 'Booner' would be fitting. I'll try to get a non-mature pic to you, Caleb. And no, I don't have posting priveleges yet. I wanted to update my yard tally today with #2--American Crow. A big score for the Booner (I'm liking Boone Docks...other names I've accrued over the years...Glowhead, All-terrain Boone [because my initials are ATB], and @Boone [thanks to the Slagermeister]).

  5. Yo Boner, I mean Booner- I sent you an invite to the google spreadsheet using your gmail address. You are already listed as with editing permission for the blog itself.

  6. I told ya Putter would have fun with your name...So why Glowhead for a moniker?

  7. its because he's so blonde it looks like his head glows in the dark. AABO, I truly weep for you and your poor selection of yard.

  8. And Boone, you might get lucky and find some sort of lost and or otherwise handicapped bird in that pond near your place. You really do need all the help you can get.

  9. DubNer is correct...a friend of mine always says he can pick me out of a crowd at two miles distant...I'm blonde but not that blonde...my brother is so blonde some of his friends call him the Q-tip.

    And thanks for rubbing in my yard woes, Ben...you jackass...I KID!

  10. No, I know I'm a Jackass. its cool.

  11. Well at least you know that you're a jackass.


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