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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Electromagnetic Radiation Blows

Yearbird #9 (not a yard lifebird) occurred this afternoon...finally. I check this cluster of three cell towers every day as I've previously found kestrels perched on top. On Monday, FitzPunk found a dude up on top of one of the towers but nothing of the avian kind. If kestrels use cell towers as perches frequently, I wonder how this affects their reproductive capabilities. Yikes!

Double-digits, here I come!


  1. Wow...I actually have a species that none of you other slackers have...

  2. That's a life yardbird for me, and I am going to have to get very lucky to be there when one flies over! Also need RLHA still, and I guess this is a bad year to expect that species...

  3. It could happen Ca-put I've personally seen 8 RLHAs down south here where the tobacco and the sugar cain grows. So they may fly by you on the return trip. Good Bird Booner, it might be a bit of a trick for me to get that too, the closest nesters aren't too too close to my yard.

  4. I can't even get a Rough-legged Hawk in my county...this winter sucks for the species. I haven't heard speculations about their numbers yet...Caleb, what have you been hearing?

    Here's a frequency eBird graph for the last 4 years...looks like this winter is a bit below average


  5. Keep watching those towers and you may just pick up a PEFA (thats what Slag heap did). And as you know there are PEFAs wandering the SW 'burbs of Chicago. All five of my sightings since I moved to IL have been wintering birds and I have no doubt they move widely...
    1 Greene Valley Forest Preserve (DuPage Co.) 30 Nov 2009
    2 Whalon Lake Forest Preserve (Will Co.) 20 Dec 2009 (CBC bird to boot!)
    3 Des Plaines Cons. Area--Widewaters (Will Co.) 19 Jan 2010 (stooping on RBGUs)
    4 Country Lakes wetland complex (DuPage Co.) 24 Jan 2010
    5 Huston Rd and Co. Rd 9000 (Grundy Co.) 15 Feb 2010 (stooping on a CANG! as you well know)


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