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, January 25, 2010

Today's Yardbirding

Gahh, I'm a complete failure. I can't even add one new bird to my yard list. I walked around the property today and while there weren't any new birds I did have a few enjoyable moments. In between the several snowflakes the clouds were spitting out I got a ray of sunshine which perfectly lit up a Brown Creeper for me. Such cool birds, I heard several others but only saw perhaps two individuals. Another yard star was the male N. Flicker and Hairy Woodpecker I saw near the creek. And I still can't get over the 4 RBNUs I have at a time at my feeders. What makes it odd is that they are scarce other places in Ohio this year, but I seem to be near a pocket of them. I found another pocket about 15 miles to the south. One of my favorite birds I think. I sure could use a winter finch like last year with its C. Redpolls, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches. I know you other guys haven't had too many finches either, so you feel my pain at least. This yard competition is actually making me look forward to migration even MORE this year.


  1. I'm with you, RB Nut is a favorite0 such silly irreverent beasties.

  2. Yeah this competition really makes you concentrate on certain species windows. For example, if you don't get stuff like yellowlegs or bonaparte's gull in mid-April (when they are arriving in good numbers and wandering among the plentiful flooded fields) you will almost certainly not get another opportunity at those two species the rest of the year. I think with sub-par habitat is particularly critical to be out as much as possible during prime migration. Because chances are that my couple of weeping willows will only attract (7?) warbler species that aren't local during a whole spring. Better not miss that lone blbw that decides to drop in mid-May...

  3. Hey, DubNer...how many acres you got out therer in good ol' Delaware County? You're rocking the comp so far. Sheeze...

    My biggest challenge this month, believe it or not, has been trying to get House Sparrow or even EUST. NOTHING is flying over the Wastelands....arrgghhh!

  4. Well, the total acreage is about 50. I don't really bird it all though, most of those species are seen on the 8-10 acres closer to the house. Boone, are you keeping feeders there in the wasteland? You can have my house sparrows, those buggers have been draining the feeders lately.


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