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??????
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.