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.
Monday, March 22, 2010
EAME and a CLSW!
Birding the yard was fun today, I still didn't get as early a start as I'd hoped, but I ran into some nice bird movement. Lots of TUVU flying over when the rain broke, Some Cooper's Hawks and 5 RTHAs. Stunning looks at a drake Wood Duck from above at 'duck bend' of the creek, what a gorgeous duck! There was a lot of AMROs about, I'd say over 100. Although around the state there was a fallout of LTDUs I had no such action in the yard (did drive 15 min, to go see one at the local reservoir). I finally tracked down a singing EAME, and soon after I was surrounded by a migrating flock of TRES! Hundreds were swooping and chattering and swirling around. As I watched with my bins I spotted one with a buffy rump! I stayed on it and sure enough it was a Cliff Swallow! I watched him for several minutes until it flew north of the yard. Wonder if the guy was headed up to nest on this amishman's barn north of me (this guy had about 300 CLSW nest on his barn last year!). Anyways, an awesome and somewhat early bird. For you at home keeping score that'd be 63 and 64 for the year.