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.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Not completely WOTH-less

Itsbeen a week of birding for me, so I've lumped in some of this weeks sightings into this post. Its typical lazy birding style for me. Tuesday, before I went up to Lake Erie for a few days, I had a Black Vulture steal this perch from a TUVU in my yard.
More Pine Siskins in my yard, making this my highest grossing year ever for them. Also the day before that I took a walk out back and got my WOTH for the yard-year, as well as a NOWA (same one?) and some other good stuff like YBCH, OROR, NOPA, YTVI, YTWA. A few days ago I had a YBCU, always fun. Up at the lake I nailed down my final normally occurring warblers for my Ohio year, making this the first time I've had 38 warblers in an Ohio Spring. Here's a pic of K-dubs for you to enjoy as well. He put on a show for many in Columbus, so close I could hardly call it a chase. I should pick-up Swainson's Warbler down in WV next week on my climbing trip, still need it for OH. YYL: 109


  1. So, Rip, what is the status of BLVU in your neck of the woods? Isn't this north of its expected range and how often have you had it in your yard? Pretty cool bird anyhow.

  2. They are showing up more and more north of their usual range. There are a few pairs here and there north of me that nest, but still pretty uncommon. I get them like once a year in my yard, a pretty good bird for this area. Much more common an hour south.

  3. Ben- get ready for the flaming that necessarily follows posting a rarity (KIWA) that wasn't in your yard. Any takers?

  4. bring on the flaming. I deserve it for boasting of my first spring of 38 warblers. The photo was just to rub it in. Booyah.

  5. at least I made it mostly on topic by posting the pic of the BLVU first, the KIWA was just sort of a side note.

  6. I agree with the DAZ, plus I like highlighting a Made in Michigan product.

    Too bad that bird isn't called Jack Pine Warbler, it's a shame.

  7. whats really a shame is that it isn't the state bird of MI.


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