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.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Booby Prize

seems more like something for the summer doldrums, but ... was thinking ... (always a bad idea) ... what if at the end of the year we had a prize for the lamest bird NOT seen in 2011?

obviously "lamest" bird has a micro-context (e.g. mallard would be a mega in my yard), so to truly be lame it would have to be a species you've seen before in a previous year ... but, come to think of it, that would be a function of how long (or intensely) you've been birding your yard, and would eliminate Aaron at his new place, and I can think of plenty of lame contenders I've never seen from the yard. So we could just put it up to a vote at the end of the year.

Too soon to tell, but I'm pulling for phoebe in my yard.


  1. I love it -- I'm for anything that gives Caleb an opportunity to win.

    I have a lot of residuals from last year I hope to "resolve" in 2011....the most grievous is INBU -- I heard call notes of one in the yard last year and instead of ticking it off I thought "I'll look for it later"....later never came.

    Here are my biggest misses... Indigo Bunting, meadowlark, Peregrine Falcon, Winter Wren, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Sora, Veery, & Blue-headed Vireo,

  2. Finally, something I can beat Caleb at in birding!


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