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.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
One for my HOMEs
Finally got some freaking ducks today. Maybe its just because I got up on the roof rather than sleeping in for a change. Before I went out to check the salamander traps I got up on the roof around 7am and Winging in from the south were some low flying Ducks (and geese, tho nothing special in the Goose department (resisted calling a minima a Cackling)) the ducks were some good love leading in were some Mallards but right behind were 4 drake Redhead! Yard lifer 131. Then I went out for a local county vernal pool inventory project I'm working on, and found some new township records for Jefferson, Smallmouth, and Spotted Salamanders, hence the pic above. I just love those little guys. At the place I was salamandering I had some more Redhead, Wigeon, and Mallards as well as ring-billed gulls and a fly over Great Blue Heron at a flooded field pond, also a EAPH. So I new I had to get back to my yard in hopes of finding my local Phoebe. Right before I had to go to work this evening I busted out a quick walk around the yard. At "duck bend" of the creek I encountered not only a pair of Wood Ducks but also a threesome of Hooded Mergansers! A spectacular drake and two hens. So cool, not a common yard bird for sure. Good looks from above (the overlook at duck bend is a bit of a hill). On the way back in at the old fence line trees was a tail flash of a FOSP. I almost made myself late to work to try and get a better look, turns out there were really 6 Fox Sparrows! Several of them finally perched higher up so I could bask in their foxy glory. One even performed a partial song. Lovely.