Its such a gorgeous day I decided to watch from the roof. I've hauled scope, camera and computer up here to enjoy the sun and better sight-lines. My hope was for Bald Eagle. Yesterday we had 12 while doing a county big day and the majority were along the lakeshore. I figured with those numbers now chances were at their best for a yard sighting. It obliged me at 11:05 am. An adult flew directly overhead at 150 feet. This is my 29th year bird for the yard, but more importantly it is #150 for my life yard list.
From my current vantage I have a bead north about a mile to Mt. Baldhead (go ahead, yak it up) which sits above Lake Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo River. With the leaves off the trees I have ability to see the areas above these waters, but not the lake or river themselves due to tree line, rooftops, etc. I'm hopeful that some of the multitude of species residing on the lake/river will be visible and identifiable from here. So far today a half dozen HERG and an individual COGO are all that have come to light. Here is a sampling of what was on Lake Kalamazoo & river yesterday which would be useful for the yard list: 1 LBBG, 6 GBBG, 56 COME, 14 BUFF & 6 MUSW. All they have to do is lift up off the water high enough so I can see them.....
Oh, #28 for the year flew over earlier this morn while scoping from the west boundary - two Red-winged Blackbird.
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.