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 7, 2010

Seven for the day...and that blasted shrike!

I spent much of the day roof-top birding (with the exception of some mid-day gulling in Holland with a know-it-all from Sparta). Man, what a wonderful day! Here goes: two distant NOFL (#33), seven fly-over COGR (#34), two high up and invisible calling KILL (#35), a female PIWO fly-by at eye level from 50' (#36), a solitary EAME perched in a tree on the old golf course (#37), an unidentified accipiter which I should have dropped my cell phone for (#38) and a MERL (#39/152). The latter was a thrill to have flying in from the east, diving through the tree-tops, crossing my line of sight at 25' and exiting towards the lakeshore.

The young NSHR is still across the way. Twice today I found it while I was on that property and lost it before I could get back to mine. It doesn't sit still long enough. I'll try for it again tomorrow. I'm glad its stayed since Thurs, but its torture not having it for a yardbird yet!


  1. Duh...MERL should actually be 153 for my all time yard list.

  2. wow, Rick, you broke the" within ten species barrier" on me. Too bad I'll just destroy that tomorrow, but I'll let you enjoy it for a little while. Whats with everyone getting Merlin? its off the hook. I hope I get one.

  3. Curious what is the best one day total for new yardbirds?

    Seven in a day would bring tears to my winter weary eyes....fun.

  4. MERL is a phenom yard bird...nice!


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