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

Century Club!

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!


  1. WOW, awesome stuff and nice photos to boot!! A fall Golden-winged Warbler in the UP is right up there with Swainson's Hawk...well almost, really nice bird.

    Get into photoshop and darken the auricular on that Cape May a little -- then you'd be ready to talk some real smack-down.

  2. Looks like some yellow invading the supraloral from above, makes me nervous (I am sure Swamp Kay was already thinking along these lines- right?). I say, REJECT!!!!!

    Actually, helluva bird Haaser- I had my first and only in Aug 2009.

  3. Oh David, that about sums it up...........


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