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.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Killdeer and two more!!

I went out in the yard when I got home from work at 4 and was almost immediately greeted by the chucking of a single Common Grackle flying south overhead. The greens had plenty of geese (420), only two of which were Cacklers. Later I had a lone Cedar Waxwing go over followed by a distant look at a silent Killdeer heading north over the apartments in the direction of Fermi Lab. According to eBird, at least 2-5 KILL wintered at Hennepin Lake (about 90 miles to my southwest), but otherwise this bird appears to be the first reported spring migrant in northern IL thus far! Bring it on!


  1. sick man! Despite the awesome blue skies of the past 2 days there are just literally no new birds present yet up here...

  2. Oh man does 50s sound good now. Calling for 45-47 for 3 straight days this weekend up here. Woohoo! There is bound to be something moving- my prediction: SACR, BAEA, and my longshot: RLHA (life yardbird still).

  3. I'm in Detroit right now and I'm going to bird Lake Erie in the morning- see if I can kick-start migration. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

  4. Hope your KILL meanders around this side of the big lake.

    Caleb, RLHA were in numbers at the Allegan SGA Sunday where they haven't been for a few weeks, so they're moving your way!


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