So yesterday on my run I was fairly shocked to find an adult RHWO in the yards along the SW shore of Whitefish Lake. The habitat there is not suitable for breeding, and I have never recorded that species anywhere in that area before, so presumably it is some kind of late summer dispersal and not an actual breeding record.
Today I got the idea to try scanning across the lake at the one (of about 20) houses along that stretch which I can actually see from my house, and sure enough within 5 minutes the dang thing flew right into view, landed in a tree for about 3 minutes, then flew back to the south! This is a bird I labelled as possible in the last post, and as 'gettable' in the yearlist projection tab, so one I am happy to salvage.
I realize that June is a plateau of sorts in our yearly progress chart. Are any of you getting anything new in the past 2-3 weeks since migration ended?
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.