I love Rusties, I love their song, I love their choice of habitat, I love that piecing pale eye, and also cause you know they are steadfastly a union-label bird. What else they is super-dooper rare in my yard and this week has seen only the second documented occurrence of this species to the Haascienda (dry aspen/oak/pine hill as opposed to a wooded swamp).
Also new today was a singing Chipping Sparrow in the yard, I've had a few elsewhere, but they are just starting to trickle in. While watching a Willet on the beach this morning, my adviser (and nearby neighbor) mention Common Loons were calling as they headed over the neighborhood, but missed that one!
Which will win this spring?! My urge to (as typical....) roam across the UP as a one-man mobile bird observatory? Or will Four-Freaking-Plus bucks have me a bit more home this spring? I will say, I am FAR more impressed with my April flock of feeder birds (in regards to abundance and richness.....) then I was last year. Dare I say it..... the year I get Painted Bunting at the Haastage Negotiator's???
Time will tell......
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.