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.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Couple of new birds this morning:

Blue Jay which is a rare winter visitor in the yard. Last year I went the entire winter without one and this is the first in the yard since Oct/Nov.

The second was a single redpoll that "scored" nicely on the Hoary scale. I did a little Crossley action on him....

Below is the Sibley chart of repolls (based on Declan Troy's phonetic analysis of redpolls published in the Auk (1985)) I found a couple of week's ago while looking over last year's blog effort. It was referenced by J.D. to accompany an interested hoary-like redpoll in his yard last April. Great write-up on the bird BTW


How do you think it scores??! Chris scored it a 15 (6,4,5) and I scored it 1 for the yard list!


  1. Wow... I still need that bugger for WI!

  2. Nice! Looks pretty Hoary to me. I haven't seen one yet this year. . .

  3. That is clearly a COREXHORE backcross.

  4. Looks like a classic weakly amelanistic CORE with mandibular dwarfism. And someone plucked out the heavily streaked undertail coverts.

  5. Isn't a weakly amelanistic CORE with mandibular dwarfism just a simpler way of say Hoary Redpoll?

    I typed Corexhore into google and now I'm in trouble with the wife.


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