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.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'm not dead, you know...

Hi all,
Well, as anticipated, I have already gotten most of the expected species for the whole year at this early stage, so I have spent the last few weeks not seeing any new species. Imagine my delight, then, when returning home, to be confronted by a Meadow Pipit flushing from the neighbour's garden and landing on a rooftop a few doors down. Some careful positioning in my front garden enabled me to see it from my own boundaries, and luckily I had my bins with me, enabling me to ensure that it was just a Meadow Pipit, and not something mindblowing like a vagrant Olive-backed Pipit (the only ever twitchable OBP in Ireland was at nearby Cobh, Co. Cork in Feb 1991: regrettably for me, I was not twitching at that time. There may never be one so close to home again...).
Recent 'non-garden' highlights include the first Western Palearctic record of a dresseri Eider (an adult male at Fanad Head, Co. Donegal, pics online at http://www.binocularface.co.uk/2010/02/13th-14th-february-2010-ireland-part-ii/ and http://www.irishbirdimages.com/pages/gallery/february2010page2.html), a (putative) 2cy Thayer's Gull at Cleggan, Co. Galway on the way home from the dresseri (http://www.irishbirding.com/birds/web/Display/sighting/20335/Thayers_Gull.html), a very odd Brent Goose showing some characters of 'Grey-bellied Brant', but which is perhaps not quite right for that, a Black Brant in the same flock and 6 Common Buzzards soaring together (this species becomes ever more abundant in Co. Cork).


  1. Build the mic, build the mic, build the mic...

  2. I'll even mail you the components if you can't find them in Cork... Just give me the signal. http://www.oldbird.org/mike_home.htm

  3. not quite dead yet. Meadow Pipit seams like a decent yard bird.


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