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.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today was Golden

This was a great day of yard birding. Its always so when a new one comes through. I'll start with my second best bird of the day which was close to Golden, but was actually Black-bellied Plover (152). At mid-afternoon it flew over calling. It was anticipated. However, at 1:15pm a bird I hadn't anticipated (151/173) sailed over on a steady north wind without a wing beat. My intent for the day was BWHA which is over due here. It never materialized, although there were a few raptors moving. An OSPR, several RTHA, a half dozen COHA and a few SSHA all drifted through. I lay down in the south field to enjoy some of what the sun was affording on this cool day and to get as full vantage of the sky as I could. And of course, there is the added benefit of the possibility of some eye closure.... I can guarantee, however, that my eyes were wide open when my day turned Golden.


  1. Nice way to de-merit a tick, Swainson's next??

    Curious if you going all Zen on us BIG RIG? You better start showing some competitive edginess or I'm going to ask Caleb to disqualify you from the COMPETITION. You need to turn up the P&V meter a little.

    Eyes wide open....geez.

  2. Hah! You are spot-on Kapster. The Golden Buddha flew over! It was nice to get a lift like that. I'll let Mr. Fitz crawl up your rear for awhile....

    However,it seems my enlightenment hasn't reached your level. Anthrax isn't in my musical vocabulary - nor will it ever be. Sorry.

  3. I definitely love it when 2 of Rick's yardbirds IN ONE POST are both still county birds for me... We need to start 2 different blogs- nearshore yardbirding and inland yardbird...

  4. Joe, as per Swainson's, if you can believe it, it is still a state bird for me. I just haven't had the time or patience to sit at a hawk watch for what could amount to days on end. Can you imagine the state of bliss I would be in if it came through as a yardbird?!

  5. Kill um with kindness Rick...that's your MO huh?

    Whats the other yardbird you've tallied today?

  6. Yup. That's my MO-Joe!

    Check the next post for the answer to your question.


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