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...