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, July 7, 2010

el Bosque de Pinos

Howdy all,

been quite a while, I've been in the eastern UP, two-timing it with another yard for the last 6 weeks. Birding in the Hacienda-East has been pretty great- lots of breeding warblers (12 spp, including Blackburian, Magnolia, Pine, Mourning, etc) and other goodies like Wilson's Snipe, American Bittern, Blue-headed Vireo, Lincoln's Sparrow, Red & White-winged Crossbills, Evening Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and my Winter Wren alarm clock.
 The TNC Cabin

I (so far) have had 55 species of birds around the immediate property, I suppose I could of added some birds (and still might) if I hiked west from the cabin into the sedge marshes. It is an amazing preserve just full of all kinds of wildlife. These guys took out my birdfeeders one evening!

It was pretty awesome having 12 species of warblers singing from the cabin yard, and spending one's evening having a beer while watching Blue-headed Vireos raise a family was a good time.
Two pairs of these guys in the yard- one right by the cabin, the other by the gate
Another daily sight at the cabin-which was named Smitty's
Four-spotted Skimmer
Atlantis Fritillary


  1. This looks awesome Haas-man. Rest assured, however, that even with 2 yards you will still lose to me! Hehehehe...

  2. Sweet digs (albiet temporary) Skye! Very cool Black Bear shot too. Those guys probably were the thing I remember most of my month and half working in Alger Cty back in 06. Nothing like coming around a corner on the trail and standing face to face with those guys. I don't know how the Alaskan's handle Brown Bear, Black Bear, and Moose!


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