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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Feeling like a "King" while "Warbling" in the "Field" with my sons

There's something about hearing/seeing your first migrant warbler of the spring (not the few resident YRWA's). This a.m. was no exception. I heard (but could not locate) my first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the spring (#42). I quickly added some chattering and singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets (#43) as well. Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow and Golden-crowned Kinglets were all there too.
This evening I birding in the back with my 1.5yr old bird-loving son in an attempt to SEE a Yellow-rumped. While he toddled behind pointing up and saying "burt" I heard and then shortly after located a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I proceeded to show my son who actually locked onto the bird as it flitted 20' above us. NICE! As son #2 (almost 7) ran out to find me I heard an unexpected #44 - Field Sparrow! I had my son stop and listen for the dropping ping-pong ball song and he got very excited as it sang again. I got FISP last year (just once at about this same date), but figured my habitat would not lend to it becoming a regular, but who knows!


  1. Nice, dude! I need treeeeeeees! Cool that your little guys are in on the gig with the 'old man'. My 7 month old locked onto a Great Blue Heron after if flushed and flew over us in The Wastelands...I watched his head track it all the way to the west so at least I knew he was watching it. That, my friend, is a good feeling ::fingers crossed that he wants to bird with his crazy dad::


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