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.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Looking forward

Seeing as this is my 'year to shine' (I'll certainly never live in such a good yardbirding context again after 2012), I am trying to plan for maximizing my yardlist and doing some serious cleanup as fall migration gets closer. Looking ahead, here are the species I need to hit over the next 6 months in order to try to top Kat's life yard list (hehehe...), including notes on likelihood (L= likely, P= possible, T= tough).

RUDU (likely in Oct/Nov on Whitefish Lake) L
GRSC (tough, late fall on Whitefish) P
HOGR (Whitefish/Amazie in fall) L
LEBI (NFC in August my best bet?) T
GREG (summer flyby; late summer on Amazie) P
PEFA (very tough fall migrant or hanging on Whitefish Lake) T
UPSA (Jul/Aug flyby, inc. nocturnal) T
LEYE (late fall flyby, inc. nocturnal) P
GLGU (winter lucky flyby) T
ICGU (winter lucky flyby) T
LBBG (winter lucky flyby) T
GBBG (winter lucky flyby) T
THGU (winter lucky flyby) T
BLTE- late summer on Whitefish Lake? T
FOTE- late summer on Whitefish Lake? T
COTE- late summer on Whitefish Lake? T
YBCU- worst summer in years, none around, not likely T
RHWO- likely late summer early fall. One yesterday on w. shore of Whitefish. P
YBFL- late Aug, likely with effort P
ALFL- late Aug, likely  by whistled call note, L
OSFL: late Aug very tough T
PHVI- Sept, very likely L
WIWR- late fall, likely P
SEWR- very unlikely T
MAWR- very unlikely T
HETH- gimme, NFC or Oct in yard L
GWWA- tough but possible, late Aug T
OCWA- likely late fall L
CSWA- gimme in Sept L
BLBW- near gimme in Sept P
OVEN- WTF!?!? Water feature in Aug/Sept best chance L
MOWA- possible in late Aug, early Sept P
WIWA- late Aug/early Sept- near gimme L
CAWA- late Aug/early Sept- near gimme P
SAVS- gimme Oct NFC L
GRSP- tough late Sept/early Oct NFC T
DICK- tons around, as good a year as I can hope for, NFC in Aug/Sept P

So to summarize my remaining possibilities for 2012 are as follows:
Likely: 10
Possible: 10
Tough: 17

Not to mention the fact that many other species could be included in the tough category (OROR, WEME, LEOW, etc), so it's the least informative of the 3 categories I've created. But let's just say I get all of my likelies, and half of my possibles, I would end the year at 181. Chalk in a few more left fielders and could I possibly approach 190????

Fun times. Would love to see a similar analysis from the rest of you, even if very cursory.


  1. Hate to see no one responded here. Silly, you are in a league of your own.

  2. I predict 20 additional yardbirds this fall. Cursory may be an understatement.


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