Two male Common Mergs (35) were scanned from the roof top vantage day before yesterday as they flew over the Kalamazoo Lake basin towards Lake MI. A four year old Bald Eagle was the only other highlight in the time I spent up there.
The first Coop (36) of the yard this year finally made itself visible. There has been a predator around all winter keeping the birds wary and shy of the feeders and this is likely it - a big female and very stealthy.
Tonight I did another roof sit after work and prior to dusk trying for more waterfowl, but only came up with a fly-over flock of 30 Red-wings (37). A cheery flock of 6 AMRO kept me company, as well. No Timberdoodle this evening, but they should be here soon!
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.