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, August 24, 2012

The reason we set up the bath

Nearly had a heart attack when I noticed this Oporornis inching close to becoming my first ever warbler IN the bath just now. 

Actually, it proved not to be Oporornis, but Geothlypis (thanks AOU!), but this still reminds me of the reason for going to the trouble of maintaining this thing in the first place. What a cool bird. Note the undertail covert which is poking up between the rectrices like a little yellow dorsal fin.


And here are a few additioanl highlights from the past few days. Though it's been slow, there are a few new migrants around each day. Still waiting on OSFL, WIWA, CAWA, GWWA, YBFL, and ALFL. Not too much time left to get these, so here's to hoping.

NOT a Western Tanager (Scarlets can have wingbars, contrary to books and popular belief)

My first BHCO for the yard's daily checklist since probably mid June- a juv. skulking in the undergrowth in the backyard.

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