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, December 5, 2010

Eye of the Grosbeak - #162

It hurts to bird... but after seeing Mr. Swampy at Big Rigs feeder I knew I had to punch back or risk a TKO in Round 15 ..... finished my wish-list then took the dog for a walk only to be greeted by a half dozen Pine Grosbeaks in the neighbors ash tree (eating seeds!). They had to be coaxed down a few houses so they could be seen from the property line but it worked thanks to iBird Pro and D.J. Chris, eventually flying into the yard for a minute or two. Lucky or what?? Eye of the Tiger.


  1. Hey, get back here!

    Nice bird. Unexpected?

    That's not luck, that's skill.

  2. They have been recorded on 2 of the last 5 year on the local CBC (just north of the liar) but not since 2007-08. I haven't seen them in the area this winter so I feel like it was a lucky snag. Like crossbill and redpoll they should have been on the radar. Not sure why they weren't on my mind -- probably better that way.

    Surprised to see them munching ash seeds. I saw the same thing with Rusty Blackbirds this fall before going to roost for the night. Shame we are going to lose all our ash - the U.P. is a mess that way.


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