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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Best Starling imitation EVER!

I thought I heard a RUBL (common here in late fall) mumbling from the red maple above the house. While trying to block out the calls of a flock of RWBL in a neighbor's tree to focus on the Rusty I took notice of an incessantly signing bird that sounded dead-on for a meadowlark (albeit the song was whispery). I figure it was a EUST but when I tried to find the starling I came up an EAME instead. - Su-prise! It flew to an adjacent tree and sang every 1-3 seconds, including an occasional chatter, for approximately 15 minutes. I'm not use to fall meadowlarks signing non-stop in migration, so Im delighted. Lifer #179 for the yard and #140 for the year. Fall-of-the-year....


  1. Kitty - if you keep creepin' along like this it's gonna be difficult for me to stay ahead. Reminiscent of the surge you had last year at this time that gave you the lead and won you the title.

    It didn't help that I spent several weeks down-under during peak fall migration this year. Back know however, with a young Peregrine fly over this morn and an American Pipit a couple days back.

  2. If it was "signing" Mr. non-English major, maybe it was deaf?

    Then again, considering my recent flatlining on the charts, maybe I am.


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