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, April 19, 2011

Loose change

Emptying my pockets from the last week … pennies and nickels: n rough-winged swallow, house wren … a few quarters: pileated woodpecker (always a good bird in a treeless neighborhood, still can’t turn up a hairy),

purple finch (hit or miss at the feeders in winter but usually a dependable April migrant), orchard oriole … and a nice crisp twenty dollar bill: today a long-awaited first eastern towhee for the yard.

This has been near the top of my list of surprisingly hard to get yard birds - despite the dearth of scrubby cover in the neighborhood, I would have expected this common species to turn up sooner. Same goes for eastern phoebe, which I expect to whiff on this year, having already missed the late winter/early spring window (and they don’t nest around here for some reason, despite plenty of inviting eaves).

The towhee puts the all-time list at 97. Looks like we have a nice final sprint for the century mark underway…


  1. Name that tune: "Call me Arron Burr for the way I'm dropping Hamilton's"

    What are your top contenders for #s 98-100? Or dare I say your Jefferson, Grant, and Franklin?

  2. U.S. Blues???

    I'm bankin on Bank Swallow (probably had one yesterday), Purple Martin, Chestnut-sided Warbler (and Mississippi Kite dammit).

    RAZL and WWJD, see you chumps on the other side.

  3. Uuuummmm...it's actually A'a'ron Burr. Sorry, I get a little OCD about people misspelling the name...


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