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.

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Today was the day for the bird bath. I did not have opportunity to get out for a complete survey...but I'm not sure it much mattered...especially when yard bird #119 showed up (also the 28th warbler species in 3 years time). I just about did a backflip! It's hard to add new warblers when already in the upper 20's - and now that's 2 new warbler additions in less than a week! See below for a photo. I also had multple male Scarlet Tanagers, Cedar Waxwings, a Baltimore Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird and a line-up of 7 warbler species (NAWA, TEWA, BTNW, AMRE, CSWA, MAGW and... isn't the suspense killing you - just LOOK BELOW!) all seen/heard from my bedroom window at or near the bird bath. I posted a few pictures of my visitors below. The pictures are all diginoc shots...so not great quality, but you'll get the idea!

Here's the line-up of year birds:

Indigo Bunting (78) - male at the feeder

Red-eyed Vireo (79)
American Redstart (80)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (81)
Magnolia Warlber (82)
and last but not least....Oh, heck, just LOOK BELOW would ya!

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Hooded Warbler (83/119)!!! Can you say "Cha-CHING!!


  1. Man, that bath is a GREAT idea! Who prompted you to put that thing up?

    Dude, HOWA is EPIC this far north- congrats...

  2. Hooded Warbler is STILL present on day 4 today (5/14). Otherwise the yard was DEAD today. I have, however, managed to add a few the past few days:
    5/12 - Eastern Wood-Pewee (84) and Chimney Swift (85)
    5/13 (1am) - Common Nighthawk (86)
    5/14 - Mallard (87) (??!!) on 5/14. That was one stupid, ornery bird this year! Waterfowl in general have been extremely tough in this yard though.

  3. Cha Ching....I want a Hoodie at my Homie!

    I'm so lazy -- I need to plug in the bird-bath.

  4. Wow, Ducky, your HOWA is right at home in your yard!

  5. Kitty- maybe we should be saying cha-CHINK in this case!

  6. After 8 days of hanging in the woodlot, I think the HOWA has finally left. I did not encounter it today (5/19) - but I also did not take a whole lot of time to look. I DID, in the short time I had, encounter OCWA, BTNW, BAWW, MAGW, BLBW, OVEN, NAWA and TEWA though! While HOWA was here, there were virtually no other warblers present. He leaves and I get more warbler diversity back. Just a bit of give and take, I guess.


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