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, April 24, 2011

New Yardage Potential

Trees make all the difference. But, there aren't so many trees that I can't do some solid skywatching from the new place (fyi...I'm taking nominations for a new moniker; aka The Megalands, The Cheddarlands, etc.). Most of the neighborhood seems to be adorned with fairly old maples, although I've spied hickory and oak here and there. As for conifers, I have my own little con grove right in the back...hopes are high. There's also enough scraggly scrubby stuff around to keep sparrows and the like interested. As of yesterday, I managed to get up to 21 species. As of today, I jacked that up to 33. Light southerly winds brought in a decent hawk migration (24 BWHA, 1 RSHA, 1 TUVU, 1 COHA, 3 RTHA) but also encouraged a few bonus species. Can we say American White Pelican? Other lucky snags were DCCO and a couple of HERGs. ::Keep in mind that the Rock River is about a mile to my west so this geographic feature may prove quite interesting::

The highlight of the day was a gorgeous male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Anyone else have RBGR yet?
Looks like I moved just in time. I'll be seeing the rest of you from the right side of the warbler-war finish line...


  1. Nice yard Booner - can we say "exponential" improvement over your last situation?
    Only thing that sucks is that I'll have to work that much harder to keep you behind me. And this spring, time-wise, is not turning out to be in my favor.
    Over the last couple of days I added a few to take me to 43 (EATO, WTSP, HAWO, YBSA).

  2. Say goodbye to the Wastelands and hello to BooneDox 2.0!

  3. @Cudster..."exponential" is allowed. You and me both on the time front. Either way, I'm still expecting to wipe the floor with you...AMWP, dude...come on!
    @Skaaaaas...yeah that's what I'm thinking
    @SIPU...maybe I'll alternate back and forth between The Cheddarlands and BooneDox 2.0. I like!
    @Boots...funny, cause my wife said that exact thing to me last night

  4. The trees look like waring Vikings to me. phew

  5. Skaaasss....... I think i really like that nickname


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