It’s cold with 40 mph wind gusts and the driveway hasn’t been dug out yet, so — time to update. It’s only been (eek) 4 months!
The last time we spoke I was cheering having seen yard birds #96 and #97. In looking over the list, I realised I had forgotten Red-eyed Vireo which is not only present in my yard but nearly ubiquitous in the summer. So there I was at 98 and holding…
Then in early October I heard the long melodious song of a Winter Wren, disproportionately loud for its tiny size. This adorable little peanut foraged around the feeders for a few days. #99!
And why am I posting a truly dreadful picture of a Hooded Merganser, a bird I see nine months out of the year? Because on 11/1, this beauty and his mate were yard species #100! Hey, it only took 20 years and two months to get there.
That’s 14 new species this year. I know there are still warblers I’m missing, and I don’t look UP nearly enough to see what’s passing through. Cold be eagles, could be snow geese… So what will #101 be? I’m scouring the swarms of Common Redpolls for the odd Hoary. Wish me luck!