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, May 24, 2010

Finally a decent one (CONI)

This evening, thanks in large part to a tip from Brickster, I was treated to my first decent add in quite a while: 2 Common Nighthawks at 8:20PM (117/135). Rick informed me that between 8 and 9 PM yesterday he had 80-90 pass over his house. So I went outside and within minutes had the 2 silent birds migrating north, silently. The past 2 weeks have honestly been rather frustrating here. I only added Redstart 2 days ago (!?!), Blackpoll Warbler today, and little else in the meantime. My Pewee showed up on territory only 3 days ago, and this morning saw the first Great Crested Flycatcher. For the year I still need Gray Catbird (inexplicable!), Wilson's, Bay-breasted, Canada, and of course any of the much-wanted shrub/thicket species (all of which are lifers for the yard still): Mourning, Yellowthroat, both waterthrushes, Connecticut, etc. I am hoping the nocturnal migrants will help me out in this latter category. Hopefully tonight...


  1. Cool, Put Put! I didn't have quite as many migrating tonight. Before dusk a total of 59 were quietly streaming north.

  2. Nice dude. Only two migrants this AM at my place were two different singing WIWAs. Hoping a few more things drop in before I call spring a wrap here...

  3. CONI is still a life bird here for me - even in my urban setting with birds nesting downtown and being heard everynight I leave work from now into the summer. Frustrating!

  4. Nice...I had a bird flying over I-80 at 1:40 PM last weekend in La Salle Co. Illinois.

  5. Picked up a lone CONI last evening at my place.


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