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.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Late, but anticipated #160

This little duffer finally came to visit. I had almost written it off for the year, but never say never! Good thing I put a healthy helping of mixed seed out this morning. Although I'm still searching my records, this is likely the latest I've had Swamp Sparrow in the yard - not that I've ever had many in this dry upland habitat. Send in the redpolls!


  1. my goodness- is everyone just as much on the edge of their seats the way I am to see who will win this year contest?!?

    Joe or Rick...... Rick or Joe......
    Hmmmm..... this is so much fun to watch. And as added encouragement to the both of you- Common Redpolls were at the Haacienda the other day..... headed south.

  2. I just crapped myself when I saw Rick's post...and I thought Slage's and my race was gut wrenching...

  3. ....I did crap myself. Nice work Apollo.

    My most likely addition is a Northern Shrike. Beyond that redpoll, crossbill, BOWA, Snowy Owl, and Iceland/Thayer's Gull go through my mind, but not my yard, daily.

  4. Well, at least Aaron has diapers in the house...

    Today, with an adult ICGU ¾ miles west of here on the big lake and a 1st cycle GBBG on the Kalamazoo Rv. ½ a mile east, I diligently scoped for white-winged and dark-backed gulls from the yard. While scanning through a steady stream of Larus on the western horizon the only candidate was a possible GBBG that went behind trees before it could be positively ID’d. During that hour long watch a young BAEA and a male COME came through – nice, but not year yardbirds. So, Dave, this should start to answer your question and give you an idea of what I’m geared for. Besides unusual gulls there are a few options left in the way of waterfowl: SNGO, MUSW, GADW, AMWI, AMBD & CANV - all of which are currently within a mile radius of the yard. Less likely to move away from water and over land, but still within a mile are WWSC, BLSC, LTDU, RTLO, HOGR & AMCO. I have also been methodically searching the evergreens for evidence of NSWO, so far to no avail. I can think of only two birds that have great potential to be added before the year is out: CORE & LALO.


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