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.

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?

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