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

Here they come

Woke up to my first (belated, I might add) Fox Sparrow and Eastern Towhee (a female, surprisingly). Then, while playing sapsucker tapes I had this surprise:
Only reason it's a surprise is that I haven't had this in the yard since at least Sept 2009, whereas they are typically present in the yard through the non-breeding season at least once a month. Go figure.

Hoping for Purple Finch, Hermit Thrush, Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow and Tree Swallow within days. And despite two days of good nocturnal movement (judged by radar) the mic has ben surprisingly silent. My tally from 2 nights ago was: 1 probable Field Sparrow, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 1 unidentified Fox/Song/Vesper type sparrow, and a couple of run-of-the-mill mystery notes. Always fun.


  1. To be clear, the birds recorded by the mic were not hear by my ear, thus they would not count even had they been concretely identifiable.

    Also, just so you all know, Mr. Haas, the defiant technophobe he is, will be erecting a mic on his roof in mid-April, courtesy of yours truly (and Curtis). Welcome to the new millenium backwoods boy.

  2. Will you erect a mic on my roof too?


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