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, September 13, 2012

A little pre-frontal action

Well boyz, we've now had 3 nights of DEAD radar in Grand Rapids, and until this morning no new birds. This morning was strange- I ended up having lots of warblers doing the morning reorientation flight thing, several of which eventually settled near the bath alongside other new Neotrop migrants: 
Then around 3:30PM, this cold front which has been slowly working our way from the plains finally reach me:

So I went outside to see if anything was getting knocked down, and was surprised to have 2 BWHAs
 1 SSHA, and then, by far most surprisingly, a Common Nighthawk (it's been weeks since the last, and it's starting to get late):
Passerines of all stripes were also shuffling around up there in response to the hit of northern air, including this warbler sp. which Sam Galick is going to ID for me (if it's Blackburnian, I will be THRILLED since I am about to miss it for the year) 
This oddity is actually just a wing-molting AMGO, but I thought it looked funny in flight:
and one of dozens of AMROs flying by
Get ready for tonight, boyz, I am anticipating a MASSIVE push of neotrops, and probably 3-5 hours on the roof calling out NFCs. If I am extremely lucky, I hope to add WIWA by NFC, YBCU, CAWA (though this would be exceptionally late), HETH (should be a gimme if a movment occurs), and even some stuff like GRSP and SAVS may come into the picture. We'll see.

So, get up on those roofs beeches!

1 comment:

  1. oh yes, there were a lot of migrants over the swamp liar, why are the SWTH so chatty?


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