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.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Loony Bin

I'll have to be committed for this, but it is with amazement that I report my most recent yard lifer. I am situated in a location rather removed from most water in Ohio, but today, a half hour before sunset, I had a loose flock of FIVE Common Loons wing it over my yard today, headed due North. It happened while I was walking the land with binoculars in hand, cursing the apparent lack of migrant birds ironically, and then I saw them in the distance at a good height, not too far away thankfully, outstretched black and white with those flipper feet out behind, what a sight! They flew in and through right over my head. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Other birds in the yard included Palm Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Wood Duck, Mallard, and what seemed like an unusual number of Grackles. Plus the rest of the host of other birds. Still no ding dang Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


  1. No COLOs for me yet but at least I have YB Sappy! Haha! I love it...

  2. I won't make a whole post out of this but today I had my FOS BARS, good times with the little fork tails. Also, the silly Swamp sparrow was singing away this morning, fun to watch him down by the creek. Forty-five species today.


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