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

The inevitable happens...

Hi all,
So, on checking out the blog tonight, I see that all of you slackers have finally realised that you live in a country with shedloads more species than we have in Ireland, and have all passed my paltry total: about time, gentlemen! Now I'm just off to sit in a corner and feel inadequate...
Seriously, I was too busy of late to even worry about my garden, as I went off and ticked Eurasian Stone-curlew for Ireland today on Sherkin Island, in glorious spring sunshine with birdsong, flowers starting to bloom, insects and so on. 15 Sand Martins (Bank Swallows to you lot) were seen on the Bandon River on our way home, with 2 more near Cobh: I got Northern Wheatear for the year last Thursday. After a colder than usual winter, it feels so good for spring to be here again!


  1. Rock on harry. Honestly, the birds you do have over there are so bitchin to us that your total matters very little. The Burhinidae are still a life family for me, and most of us on the blog (Sean being at least 1 exception).

  2. Harry,

    I tried to keep you in lead over me for as long as I could. Unlike others on this blog, I actually, like you prefer to not just look at birds in only my yard.

  3. Yeah, I have never even heard of a Euro stone curlew. Very cool. I did know what a sand martin was.

  4. Ah I see it's a "thick knee" interesting

  5. Hell of a tick for Ireland Harry! Congrats. On a semi-related note, I finally got my life Northern Wheatear down in Texas last week (missed it in Alaska and Scotland).


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