Well, after further derailing myself by attending to Swamp Kat's and Haas's yardbird needs in the UP all week, I have finally returned to Putzville. Birding was frighteningly slow all day until I finally ticked off a long-expected LIFE YARDBIRD (a flyby), a bird which I don't understand why it took so long (and a resident species in MI). Instead of giving it away, perhaps you'd all like to wager a guess?
And Warner, wherever you are, what did you think of your new name in the sidebar? I figured I'd get at least a little bit of a retort?!?
Finally, here is some evidence of my journey to Brockway Mt. and back this week:
A couple of bums I picked up hitchhiking near Peninsula Point who thought they were both ET:
A looper helping a Swamp Kitten widen his lead atop the "lair":
A strange 'mystery' bird from Whitefish Point. Perhaps we could use some Palearctic expertise here, Harry?
A strange hominid I encountered at the famed Marquette "bog walk":My first view of Brockway Mt. It felt more like being out west than in Michigan.
As evidenced further by this cliff face which we mentioned multiple times as seemingly perfect Aeronautes habitat. Unfortunately, the 30 mph sustained northerlies put a damper on almost everything except the local ravens going airborne...
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.