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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Had a couple of nice slugs of Bonie's last night off Lake Michigan and wouldn't you know they both had Little Gulls; the first group of 34 had 2 including a 1st Summer bird and the second set of 184 had one.  The birds were fairly distant but the lighting was phenominal -- late afternoon sun against gray storm clouds.  It really made the birds pop.  I would probably had let the youngster go had it not gone into flight display with the adult.  I had suspected it a LIGU based on size and the bold pattern across the wing coverts but when it displayed with the adult it made me a believer.


  1. Wow Kat- that is a throw down yard bird the rest of us will NOT be getting! Probably ever. Right up there with TOSO (zip it, Haas).

    Last night at about 1:30-3AM I spent the whole time listening and taping for nocturnal goodies, and unfortunately had not a single one. Down the road in Newaygo Co about 1 mile from the house I had a migrating BBCU (FOS) which did not come to my house, and the conditions for EWPW last night were marvellous, just no bird... Still waiting for LEBI, MAWR, COGA (not a gimme).

    And I won't tell you what my landlord and neighbor insists he had on his feeder 2 days ago while I was out of town. If true and I get it, I can only say no one else will have a change to win the 2012 rarity yardbird competition. Even PRAF would pale in comparison. Here's hoping this happens today...

  2. You da man, Kat. That's my nomination for yard bird of the year.


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