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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

First official mic-assisted lifer

Yo beoches- at 11:12PM last night, as I sat on my back porch listening to the sky, I had an odd, reedy, upslurred note pass directly over my head and the mic, which was recording. I knew instantly my yard total had increased by one, I just didn't know by which one. It struck me as a shorebird or rail, definitely a sound I would envision hearing from the marsh. Here are the sonograms:
Listen to this track here(Use Internet Explorer if Mozilla Firefox gives you trouble.)and this one here.

A bit of further analysis, esp. this near exact match, has done the job for me: SORA. Eat it Kapmandu with all your cattail marsh! On the southside, we like to score our marshbirds the hard way: in Black Oak forest. On another note: with this bird I have tied Sean in the year list, and Skye in the life yard competition. Get ready to be passed, boyz. Also, I am not done going through last night's recording, and there were at least 3-4 seeps which I heard and have not yet analyzed, so it could happen today.

PS- just found an obvious SOSA from 2:24AM, at which point I was in bed, sadly.and this GRYE 15 minutes later:
Also, many SAVS (still a yard lifer- just a matter of time) and many unIDed seeps as well- at least one probably FISP.


  1. Seriously? Nobody is impressed by SORA in Putzville?

  2. No I'm impressed, a very cool way to score an otherwise ungettable bird for the yard. Also, Tom just got SMLO and GLIB at the same ponds we were at last Sat.

  3. Caleb is the new Swamp King. I feel like I've been spayed.


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