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.

Friday, May 6, 2011

near MEGA....tic,tic.....tic,tic,tic

While leaving the yard briefly to hunt down a signing OCWA I heard a Yellow Rail calling in a sedge edge along the Portage Marsh probably 100 meters from my "yard official". It give 3 series of calls lasting about 8 seconds each. No luck hearing it from the lair....but still what a fun bird to have outside the backdoor. I'm hoping with the wet spring we have had that this is a potential breeding site. Just beyond the YERA I heard the grunting of a VIRA -- a bird that I heard on the 4th along with the whinny of a distant Sora, though I'm holding out for a better "look" at the Sora before adding it to the menagerie.


  1. probably someone out in the marsh typing ...

    still waiting for the Carex, Juncus and Eleocharis I planted in my vernal wetland (aka occasional puddle) to deliver

  2. This has Leopard Frog written all over it.

    Seriously though- this has to be one of the top contenders for rarity of the year! Friggin YERA in the yard?!?!? Maybe even RIBR cannot outdo that.

  3. Joe, you and yellow rail go way back, no? If it was in anyone's yard ...

  4. Joe- I am assuming you eventually got it for the yard, right?

  5. Yellow Rail and I go way back - amazing enough I saw my first Yellow Rail on my first day birding 9/13/80 - the woman who enticed my to go into the field found it after a rain storm in an alder along the dike at the Eric Gun Club. She was giddy and took my head and stuck it into the alder and said "Take a good look at that it's going to be a long time before you see another". It took a second or two before I saw the rail sitting on a branch about two feet from my face.

    This is my first for Delta County -- I never came up with one in the Keweenaw -- a let down.

    No Caleb - didn't get it for the yard proper, but I'm contemplating seriously about Fitzing it....

  6. Sounds like that lady got you into birding for good, Joe. Who is she?

  7. Ellie Cox. She definitely got me into for good. Depending on how you define good.


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