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.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The kind of morning you live for

So far this morning I've added 16 yard yearbirds, 8 of which were lifers. Last night's radar was again, like the previous night, off the chart, and I stood outside at daybreak hearing nothing at first. Very quickly, however, it was apparent than dozens and dozens of warblers were reorienting on the landscape, some high, others low. 

This guy came in silently and then left  quickly, like a lot of species in the early morning twilight after a flight:
 Yard lifer GRHE:
 Within minutes, a handful of these began to sing including this guy

 Surely my earliest record this far north:
 Ooh baby!

2 final notes of signifiance:
1) I got my yard lifer CATE very early on my first scan of Whitefish Lake- 2 birds which circled west and high, just like my yard life BOGU had a few days earlier. I think they were leaving the lake.

2) There is a MASSIVE movement of Blue Jays the past several days- dozens and dozens flying all day long. It is easy to overlook the common residents and their movements when eyes are glued to the neotrops, but it has been really enjoyable watching these guys lately.

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