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, November 2, 2010

An Unexpected Winter Finch #156/176

A quick evening tour of the property after work was suddenly punctuated by a cacophony of chuttering finches barreling through the air 30 feet overhead. Reddish bodies were evident on most, although fainter orange tones and streaking were present on others. All were adorned with contrasting black wings and striking white wing bars. They were about 20 in number. Their undulating presence was fleeting. Conifer stands to the southwest of here are likely their hosts tonight.


  1. The siskins were predictable, but WWCR knocked me sideways. Pittaway doesn't even forecast much movement for this species at this latitude this winter.

  2. That's impressive for this year, Rick, but how did you not have WWCR on your yard life list after the winter of 08/09??!!

  3. Because I wasn't concentrating on my yard list as much as I am now and I was looking for them in better habitats.

  4. nice work scooping the yoopers on that Rig, we must have been too busy sighting our rifles, voting, or throwing trash in the yard.

  5. Wow very impressive for this fall. I haven't heard of any reports of crossbills anywhere south of their expected range in the midwest this fall!


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