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, June 24, 2010

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

According to my Mom, Eastern Screech Owl and Yellow-billed Cuckoo were in the yard this weekend. Of course I wasn't in town being that I was up in the Traverse City area doing my BBS routes. Finally, after several days of searching, the YBCU (139) revealed itself audibly to me while I lay in bed at 7am. It called continuously for an hour thereafter. Attempts to get the EASO to repond to recordings have been futile. However, mid-afternoon yesterday while I'm at work Mom has it respond to the wailing of the siren from a cop car!


  1. Whoa, see you also nabbed ESOW last night, not too shabby. Was it calling with vigor?

  2. YBCU, eh? For some inexplicable reason, I have still never recorded that for Putzville despite having pretty decent habitat not far from a river, and also having at least 3 separate BBCU fly over nocturnally this May. Send it my way!

  3. At 10:30pm last night a group of us were sitting on the screen porch enjoying a beautiful summer evening and a couple of growlers of micro brew when I heard what I thought was a fox or coyote yelping. After a few "barks" the vocals began to get a tremolo to them and then turned to a distinct, but abbreviated whiny. The bird is residing in one of a half dozen possible cavities in a 100+ year old box elder. EASO is #140 for the yard this year and is incredibly eight birds ahead of my total for the yard for all of last year.

    According to Mom, the YBCU was calling from many locations in the yard from 11am - 4pm today. Putz, I'm hoping for BBCU at some point this summer. Had it last year on 8 June.


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