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.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A fool for birds.

Despite sleeping in (it was my day off, and heck, I wanted to give you guys a head start) I finally made it out into the yard and was greeted immediately by some good birds; Rusty Blackbirds and a few Fox Sparrows down by the creek. I had a number of birds on my hit list today and things went well on that front with only a few let downs. I wanted Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, YBSA, Black Vulture, Brown Thrasher and hoped for a Louisiana Waterthrush or something else cool like some fly over action. As I made my way along the creek I was in constant company of a dozen or so Golden-crowned Kinglets (and later I'd learn, several dog ticks). Then, a gurgling grunt from above made me look up and I saw a Northern Rough-winged Swallow wing it past! At a pool in the creek I had a wonderfully large Common Map Turtle, kind of a rarity along my creek. In the floodplain woods I was thrilled to find a Hermit Thrush as it hopped and ducked around the weeds and Osage Orange trees, I watched it for several minutes, what a sweet bird, and a bit of a nemesis, Yard Bird 134! For some reason I looked up and I'm sure glad I did, because cruising over were two Black Vultures! I'd seen them down the road, very close to my yard, but this was yet another Yard lifer (and yes, Skye, I guess this sp. does mean I'm a southerner). I almost missed them, since I was just entering the forest and the sky view was limited. There was a lot of TUVU around as well. Up on the skinny pine ridge I have, I unearthed a Winter Wren, I was very happy to find the little sprite. The only Warbler I could find was good old Butter But. No Sapsuckers! No LOWA! No Thrasher! Oh well, theres always tomorrow. Total bird count for the day? 50 Species, a number sure to be surpassed later in the month. I had to add BLVU to the spreadsheet, does that mean its rare? Hey you northerners, quit seeing so many cool ducks! Gahh.


  1. yah, you need not let the Wolverines bias on BLVU keep you down. technically its a review species here in MI, but its actually only rare here in the Yoop. I was hoping for one on Brockway Mt. today but all I got were more Golden Eagles, Goshawks and a sunburn. I may actually bird my own yard tomorrow- its been over a week and my neighbors tell me there are a few year birds hanging out here at the hill.

  2. I found myself a Winter Wren (38) today as well - hiding in the brush pile. I wish he'd sing for me.
    Oh, and Caleb, while it is no longer winter the Winter Wren still does appear from time to time around here. But for simplicities sake YOU shoud continue the identification of wrens by season and location. Remember, in winter they are Winter Wrens. Any other season by your house is House Wren of couse! Don't even begin to think you'll be getting Carolina Wren, the Caolinas are too far away.

  3. Good to see "the Dykstra" method at work still, boy!


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