Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rusty Blackbird Blitz

Hi green birders,

I'm coordinating the Rusty Blackbird Blitz for Wisconsin this year, and the good news is, this can overlap with your BIGBY! Between mid-March through April, keep your eyes out for rusty blackbirds (RUBL) and report them via eBird. Actually, if you're not already doing so, report all of your birding efforts through eBird! The more complete the list, the better, and 0s can be as important as finds. Thanks for your help in pinpointing migration stopovers and numbers for this species. If you need any more motivation than helping in a conservation effort, BIGBY, patch list, and/or any type of list, we will also be competing with Minnesota for highest overall RUBL tally, biggest hotspot discovered, and potentially other categories (suggest in the comments!). So, take your Wisconsin pride, and your eco-ethic, with you in your search for rusty blackbirds this spring.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Story So Far...

For my wanderings around the near west Madison and campus, here's my list so far...
  • mallard
  • Cooper's hawk
  • red-tailed hawk
  • rock pigeon
  • mourning dove
  • great horned owl
  • downy woodpecker
  • American crow
  • black-capped chickadee
  • white-breasted nuthatch
  • American robin
  • European starling
  • American tree sparrow
  • dark-eyed junco
  • northern cardinal
  • house finch
  • American goldfinch
  • house sparrow

Monday, January 20, 2014

My BIGBY + Patch Area

As mentioned in the prior post, there is a Wisconsin Local Patch Challenge going on this year. I figured I'd post mine here, because this is pretty much where all my BIGBY happens too! I'm still on foot, so it would be quite a task for me to wander outside of this circle (though not impossible...).
Make your own circle!

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Patch Challenge

This year, your BIGBY efforts might count twice! The state is now hosting a local patch challenge, that will probably coincide with your favorite local spots. The idea is to draw a 7.5 mi radius around your house, and find as many species as possible within that area. This is yet another way to promote green birding and encourage birders to do more ground work within their "home turf."

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Hello all! Let the games begin! I'm excited to promote another year of green birding in Wisconsin. This has been the most fun birding challenge I've participated in, and gives you a great excuse to get to know your neighborhood like never before. Like I mentioned last year, I saw so many things I'd never noticed driving by. The adventures continue, as do the birds along the way!