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.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Well the Haas Tract hit a hundred birds today. Just imagine my surprise as I walked into the kitchen, only to see an adult male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER hanging off the screen! I know, not quite a BTYW out the office, but good enough for the girls I date! Well this of course meant I needed to spend the rest of the evening birding in the yard, and I am glad I did. In addition to the Golden-wing (a great bird on Lake Superior, to put it into context, I have never seen this species at Whitefish Point, and they are a VERY uncommon and localized breeder in MQT County), I got a 2nd brand new, all-time yard bird in the form of a flyover AMERICAN BITTERN!
From there, passerine birding was great this evening. Quite the warbler flock spent the evening foraging and included many, many Nashville's, a couple each of Tennessee, Cape May, American Redstart, and Myrtle Warblers, as well as 3 Scarlet Tanagers (another very uncommon bird for my house), RB Grosbeaks, RT Hummers, lots of Purple & Goldfinches, both Red-eyed & Warbling Vireo (the later only my 3rd or 4th ever for the Haas Tract!), and 10+ Common Nighthawks migrating over.
And there is still so much more to come!