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, October 31, 2010

It's all Greek to me

Perfect morning yesterday (Oct 30th) with overcast skies and very little shimmer because of cold temps. Scored a LALO past the liar and a sweet lineup of unidentified birds including 3 Podiceps, 3 Pluvialis and a single Calidris. Bing, bing, boom.

Also had 2 Asio heading south at dusk.

The photo is from 10/29 and shows what Portage Point looks like at 60x. The insert shows a bridge too far.

Trick or Treat

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Should I stay or should I go?

So, losers: You got to let me know. Should I stay or should I go? ba bum bum baaaaa baaaaa bum.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

rarity rankings

Here's the results of the Rarity voting.... Each participant ranked their preference for the Top Ten ranked rarities and I scored them by assigning 10 points for the #1 bird, 9 points for #2, 8 pts. for 3 etc., etc.

Numbers following the record: first is the number total points based on the system just explained, second number is the highest ranking received by a participant, and third number is total number of members ranking a particular bird in the top 10.

For example -- White-winged Dove recieved 79 points, was ranked #1 by at least 1 person and scored in the top 10 on all 8 members voting list....

Figure I'll keep the list of all birds and we'll do a re-vote when merited.

1) White-winged Dove* - June 12 - Columbus OH – 79,1,8

2) Yellow-throated Warbler- 29 Aug - MQT- da Yoop 71,1,8

3) Swainson's Hawk- May 1 MQT- da Yoop 61,2,8

4) Rose-br. Grosbeak - Jan 2 - Warner - Central OH 56,2,8

5) Little Blue H/Snowy E. (imm) - 18 Aug- Naperville 36,4,7

6) Oregon Junco - 8 April- TOR - the Yoop 36,5,8

7) Am. White Pelican - 4 May -Booner's Wastelands 20,5,7

8) Black-bellied Plover - 5 May - overflying Naperville 15,4,3

9) Foxy Sparrow - Jan/Feb - Kaplan - UP MI 14,6,4

10) Dickcissel - Sep 8, Putzville (nocturnal flight call) 11,4,3

11) Barn Swallow - 31 March - Kitty – UP 9,7,3

11) Cerulean Warbler - 30 April - Curtis' Urban Woodlot 9,7,3

13) Least Flycatcher – 8 June - DAZL’s slab 8,8,3

14) Northern Shrike - Mar 8 – Brigham 7,6,2

15) Merlin - Jan - Haas & Kaplan - UP MI 4,8,2

16) Golden Eagle – 3/21- TOR – UP, Big Rig9/? 1,10,1

16) Sora- over Black Oak forest- Putzville, 4/28 1,10,1

16) Yellow-b. Sapsucker – 4/13 - Booner Wastelands, 1,10,1

16) Am. Woodcock – 3/17 - Dykstra's urban oasis 1,10,1

Next game - please send me the measurements of your yard so I can calculate and plot species per unit of area, curious the relationship..... acres or yard dimensions are great. Thanks

Monday, October 11, 2010


Went through the day thinking it was 10/10/10 only to be told this evening that I was a day late.

Our red maple lost most of its leaves today, sparrows are filling up the yard with a nice influx of american trees. Rusty Blackbirds 60-70 continue to stage in a row of ash trees before heading to roost -- I watched them eating ash seeds tonight. Boocho Robins have arrived and descended on a neighbors mountain-ash.

Rare still air over the Portage Marsh during happy hour was good for picking out a couple of distant coots -- #156.

Friday, October 8, 2010

151 - WIWR and an October NOWA

A typical October morning at the wetlands... Goose numbers building by the day. Speckle-belly or rossii anyone?
Yesterday (10/7) I was surprised to see this guy bobbing along the logs while I was looking for snipe. This is my first every October Northern Waterthrush. It was still present this morning at 7:40AM.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Deep fall in the deep north

Noticed the first frost the night before last -- but I've been gone a lot so can't swear that it is the first. The tomatoes and basil are still alive so we haven't had a hard frost yet. Beyond the Farmer's Almanac musings I've had a couple of new yardies -- one new to the list; Ruffed Grouse (#153) , a bird I flushed yesterday before leaving to chase water ouzel.

The second was today -- a couple of American Pipits (#154), I've heard a few candidates the past couple of weeks but the birds today were nice and clear and similar species were eliminated. Namely a starling that sits on the wire and occasionally gives something that sounds like their flight call....

Still waiting for Global Warning to get the rarity list posted....figure we could keep a running total off-list and revote when merited - like college football rankings.

still a lot of sparrow around but the warblers have thinned out to Myrtle's with an occasional Palm.....seeing a lot of distant shorebirds on the sandbar; undoubtably plovers, sanderlings, and dunlin. trying to figure out how to add them to the yard-list. ideas?

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Had a nice pair of birds come in near the bath today...
Other than this Black-throated Blue, it's been slow for warblers in the yard over the last few days.

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