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, May 20, 2010

Morning, Wilson's & Chestnut-sided

Well, the dry spell everyone was lamenting in Sean's previous post finally ended for me this AM. It wasn't like the dam burst, but three new year yardbirds are welcome after three days of drought. A MOWA (129) was hopping along a log in the underbrush in the vicinity of where the CONW was Saturday. It was still there an hour later and even did a loud but abbreviated churry-churry. A half hour previous to this in the brushy east field was a WIWA (130) 15' away, at eye level and singing up a storm. It was enjoying the insects on the blossoms of the invasive Japanese honeysuckle and autumn olive we are intending to remove this year. Any suggestions for replacement native shrubs that are this attractive to insectivores? Ten minutes before work I glanced at the water feature and found a CSWA (131) investigating it. With five WITU at the feeders nearby it seemed a little intimidated and did not bathe.

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