Sorry the blog has become so slow lately, gents! What can I say: there is basically nothing new to report, and all of my cutdowns have been used. I am definitely looking forward to late August and early September when things will pick back up and I can again try to regain some of the ticks I lost this spring.
In any event, Sean and his wife Karen were at our house this past weekend, and Sean wanted to get his Kent Co. Dickcissel (at least 6 of which are present about 1 mile from my house at the Sparta airport, only the 2nd location I've had them for Kent). So Saturday morning we made a run for it and got him his bird. Also found on that count was a single PUMA (my 3rd or 4th for Kent ever), beelining up high. Perhaps less surprising, then, was the additional PUMA I just had overflying my yard (detected first on the microphone, which is a live feed in my office). It is not a year bird (my yard lifer coming this May), but it is only my 2nd sighting for the yard, and since they don't breed anywhere locally, clearly they are already on the move...
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.