Josh Vandermeulen? (anyone ever notice I always spell his name wrong? Sorry Josh) Ken-tucky Burrell?
Maybe Jim Pawlicki? (eh Jim?) Maybe Mike "Happy" Burrell??
A little friendly discourse with Jim (trying to get him to start blogging... peer pressure people - we can make it happen!) turned into the idea of some friendly competition when it comes to "rarity season this fall"
50 days of rare - the competition!
Best bird found over the 50 day period wins pretty much the best prize possible: bragging rights and booze.
Punkbirder self found rules apply: http://punkbirder.webs.com/selffoundrules.htm
General rule of thumb (I think) is to have a blog and post your plans for future birding, methods, results, photos etc...... That just makes it more fun!
I also think we're going to use some discretion on just exactly what the "rarest" bird is... A Long-tailed Jaeger in Buffalo is considerably more interesting than on Lake Ontario.. Just as a Wheatear in the south would easily beat out a Wheatear on James Bay...
But hopefully someone just finds some insane CMF that clearly steals the show!
So yeah, for sure Josh and Ken are in on this... Anyone else? Maybe we'll put together some sort of dinner at Niagara (post-gull watching) later in November to award the winner and give out the prizes!