Greetings bird gods. Prepare yourselves for some serious yard birding competition. I started the year off right with some of this action on Jan. 2nd.
This probable SY male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is pretty rare around these parts, its a first state record for the month of Jan. in Ohio. Definitely a good bird for my Ohio January list (now up to 80 sp.).
A little about myself, I'm about to turn 28, I live out in the overgrown rural area near Sunbury Ohio, on 50 acres. We have a creek running through the property which is lacking in much mature forest, but has a lot of firs successional weedy fields etc which are nice for woodcocks and YWARs, FISP, etc. Other than birding I'm into other naturalist type crap, skiing, rock climbing, trail running and mountain biking. I'm not really the Slagermeister's mentor, but have showed him around Ohio some - where I've certainly learned him a thing or two. I'm ashamed to post my low yard list number, truth be told I've never birded my own back yard too intensively, been too preoccupied by state-listing (up to 319 now).
Today I had a group of about 20 American Tree Sparrows out by the feeders along with the usual Dark-eyed Junco's etc. I've been having a good time watching Red-breasted Nuthatches at the feeders and yesterday I had a Carolina Wren at the feeders, what now?!
This will be a nice excuse to boost my numbers out back and to rub it in your faces. Consider yourselves duly warned by the Warner.