So, the focus of my life for many days now has been to figure out how to get Rusty Blackbird for my LIFE yardlist, let alone year list. I have plenty of RWBL, COGR, and BHCO flying over and even roosting in large #s with the local EUST 1/3 mile NW of the yard at dusk before they head to roost. Problem is, none of them ever land close enough for me to do anything with them. If I get a perfect flyby, esp. one involving song or call, I should be OK, but that seems not to be happening (I suspect the floodplain forest 1/4 mile to my east is 'leaching' them all away from me all day). Anyway, as I went through last night's recording during the predawn and dawn hour, I just found this from 7:47:56AM, a time when I was awake and eating breakfast with my daughter:If that doesn't register, have a listen to the recording here:
Looks like I need to get my butt outside at daybreak a bit more often... Argh.
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.