It's about time! The DuPage River is exactly 1.18 miles to the east of my living room window. Common Merganser is a common wintering species along this river and it's been open pretty much the entire winter. Just so happened to look out my window this afternoon and had a raptor flying away. I was hoping the raptor was a Coop but it turned out to be a female kestral carrying prey so it looked unusually large with the naked eye. As I tracked her with my bins, she brought me into a sight line that intersected two male Common Mergs flying north along the DuPage. Year bird #13 and yard life bird #36.
Given the paucity of overall bird life at The Wastelands, it pulls through every now and then with a good 'tick'. I see that I now have two species seen nowhere else in this comp...haha! And the only yard to ever 'check' COME is Fitzpunk's WI yard birding insanity.
Lest I get a big head, I will now end this post. Come spring, I'm going to get smoked on the warbie front.
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.