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.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Well, after being gone all day Saturday for some Detroit River IBA action, and again most of the day today, I returned to fairly empty skies above my house in the evening hours. Then, during a resurgence of activity at dusk I rose to the rooftop to see what I could get. Thankfully, I at least salvaged this "lost" weekend with 1 new yearbird. Here is the sonogram of its wingbeat (the doubled notes at ~5,000Hz), with my voice interrupting the sonogram with 3 words in the middle. Anyone think they can identify the species by this alone?


  1. Good guess, Warndog, but no. AMWO is still a long-awaited lifer in my yard- I just don't have suitable habitat anywhere. Hopefully I'll get it on the mic live feed one of these nights, though...

  2. It "looks" like Common Goldeneye.

  3. OK, the answer is... Wood Duck. To me, it sounds (to the ear) just like MALL, so it will be interesting to see what MALL looks like once I can get a known recording of its wing whir.

  4. I'm still not sure I find this to be an acceptable yard tick.
    How do we know it wasn't a hyrid?

  5. Kat- here you go:


    Also, I was on the roof sitting next to the mic when the recording was made, looking the male-female pair of WODU flying over (ie. visually verified).


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