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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Breaking the Lameness

It was bound to happen with all the flowers in bloom around the neighborhood. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird #55 (#58 life) zipped by my head this morning on my way out the door.

What's the word from all you dudes who actually have habitat in your yards....hhhhmmmmm?


  1. Don't know, chief- for some reason the birds stopped around May 24! Have had nothing new since...

  2. All I can say is it's DEAD here other than the typicals...even the local Indigo Bunting has stopped singing. BUT, I did run into my first Kent Co. Prothonotary Warbler yesterday. I was driving along the Grand River (with my two sons in tow and windows rolled down of course) between Johnson and Millenium Parks when I heard it singing on the far side of the river. I quickly pulled over and confirmed my drive-by ID - I guess you could say SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET! My sons both saw the bird too and as my 1.5yr old said "Bird....high" as he pointed to the bird up high on a branch just 20 feet away.
    I went back tonight and refound the bird again, but no others during a bike ride along the river.

  3. Proton is better than nothing even if it's not in your yard. And the fact that your young son pointed it out makes it even better! I also had a new home-county tick yesterday...Cattle Egrets. This was my 170th Will County bird, which isn't great but hey, I wasn't even home much during spring migration. Today, I hope to nab Loggerhead Shrike...fingers crossed.


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