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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Its been a couple years....

....since this species has visited the yard, but its the first one ever in the fall. (The last time it was here it was in the company of a KEWA.) Several bursts of song this morning and loud, metallic chip notes alerted us to its presence, but it wasn't until this evening that it announced itself at the water feature and made itself visible. This is #142, Swampy. Tied again.

For the record, a new lifer for the yard sailed through on Sunday. #141/170 was a female NOHA slowly rising on thermals over the south field.


  1. Damn Brigger- you keep on adding species most of us have no real chance to get. Slow down will ya!!?

  2. Nice work Sunny-side U.P. -- not to sound sour grapeish here but 2-3 weeks ago Chris emerged from the buckthorns to describe a bird that sounded a whole lot like a Hoodie. She maintained her ID even after browsing the field guide (and asked the dreaded "do you believe me"? ....gulp).

    When I showed her your bird in the puddle she quickly replied "that's the warbler I saw in the alders".

    Keep pulling em down like that Big Rig and I'll be honored to stand in your shadow....

  3. I am amazed that nobody else has this for their yard (other than Fitz in WI). Obviously, this is a more likely occurrence here along the lakeshore with them being on territory in numerous locations in the forested dunes and Allegan State Game Area. But I have had them in many locales in the interior of MI and it looks even more well represented in OH according to eBird maps. This is in the offing for another yard in migration....Joe was the one Chris had in your yard?

  4. seldom birds? haha. Nice get Ricky


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