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.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hoary Redpoll

I've spent the past week or so trying to turn some of the lighter (and otherwise unusual) C. Redpolls at my feeders into Hoaries. Only half-assed attempts, to be sure, because, well, none of them have actually been Hoaries. But this morning, I finally had one of those fluffy, pristine, almost all-white Hoaries at my feeder! I failed miserably in getting a photo of this gorgeous bird, mostly because I am an idiot (one memory card was at work, they other was very cleverly buried in the backpack I was on the way out the door with when I saw the bird). Yard bird number 32 for the year. And number 94 since moving in last summer. It's no Prairie Falcon (geez!), but still, cool yard bird.

Btw, I may be the only birder in the entire Lower 48 with Hoary Redpoll on my yard list, but not House Finch. Come to think of it, I may the only birder anywhere in the world with all three accipiters but no Red-tailed Hawk. . . I've got Glaucous Gull but not House Sparrow. Common Raven but not Warbling Vireo. . .

(For the U.P. crew, in my hasty message to UP Birders this afternoon, I incorrectly mentioned that I had the Hoary yesterday, mostly because it had been a long friggin' day at work, and this morning felt like yesterday. For the rest of you, I also had a Townsend's Solitaire on campus today. It's been playing hide-and-seek with birders all winter, but today it became a spring bird!)

Okay, I think that's enough blather for tonight.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a little surprised about the House Finch and House Sparrow as they are in Marquette and wander seasonally. Maybe you need some trash in the yard - it worked for me, though since Chris made me "clean-up" a little I'm missing Rock Pigeon for the year.


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