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 20, 2010

While the slag heap was dreaming of bird he might see in his yard someday, I decided to go out and get it done. But yeah Davey, I too have birds that are just a few miles down the road that don't deem my scruffy yard worthy of their attention, most notably - Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, and American Pipit (you'd think even a pathetic birder like me would get these as a fly over or something). While I failed to get anything new to the yard as I hiked the land with my dog Jack, I did find some fun birds including a bird I forgot to count before (EABL) and a fly over Horned Lark. These were yardbirds #40 and 41.
The land was pretty birdy today with a roving band of corvids harassing the local pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, Red-tailed Hawk, and I suspect the local Barred Owl next door. Those rascals. Speaking of Rascals, I hope you other Yard listers can find some good birds of your own soon. Or, just dream on.
Location:Home Observation date:     
1/20/10 Number of species: 25  
Canada Goose     3 
Red-shouldered Hawk     2 
Red-tailed Hawk     1 
Mourning Dove    1 
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2 
Downy Woodpecker     3 
Hairy Woodpecker     1 
Northern Flicker     1 
Blue Jay     12 
American Crow     12 
Horned Lark   1 
Carolina Chickadee     5 
Tufted Titmouse     3 
White-breasted Nuthatch     4 
Carolina Wren     1 
Golden-crowned Kinglet     2 
Eastern Bluebird    4 
American Tree Sparrow     4 
Song Sparrow     4 
White-throated Sparrow     4 
Dark-eyed Junco     5 
Northern Cardinal     10 
House Finch     8 
American Goldfinch     8 
House Sparrow     5
- B. Warner


  1. And I do apologize in advance for posting the complete list, just thought I'd share the love with those of you who aren't even up to 25 species yet for the year in your yard. I will refrain in future posts.

  2. Impressive for mid winter, man. It really gives a clear picture of exactly how far south you are too. CARW would be a life yardbird for me, and SOSP, GCKI, WTSP, and RSHA are never going to happen in winter at my house. Actually, I am somewhat hopeful that your lead is more a byproduct of being in a richer region for wintering species rather than your huge acreage and diversity of habitat. I will get each of the species you have (except CARW), just a matter of time. So we'll see this spring if the race gets tighter...

  3. Woah, I posted too soon, just had a flock of 300 Canada Geese fly over along with 5 Mallards and the RBNU has returned to the feeder while I sat by the window.

  4. Yeah, I'm sure things will heat up once we get some migration on.

  5. I had one in either Wexford or Osceola Co, not sure- I was along rt. 115 in Sept.

  6. I had a RSHA 2 miles from the house on Jan 3. So close, yet so far....

  7. Yeah RSHA are always a tough bird in the winter in these parts...

  8. Hey DubNer, I love how you have insisted on adding spaces between each of your species on this list...

  9. well, haha. yeah. you should have seen it before I re-organized it. one big messy blob. I tried to just copy it over from eBird, but that didn't seem to work. I didn't really mean to put spaces.


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