Monday, May 21, 2012

The Not So Big Year Has Officially Begun

As of yesterday at 12:01 AM, our Not So Big Year officially began. The rules (for those of us who are accepting photographed birds only) are as follows:


Official Rules
Dates: May 20, 2012 - May 19, 2013

Goal: To spot and photograph the most species of bird within one calendar year.
  • We will hold a monthly contest (birds spotted within one month, from the 20th-19th of each month), as well as the yearly contest. Only birds spotted during each month count towards that month. The yearly contest is cumulative.
  • Birds must be photographed in the wild to be accepted. Your photos don't have to be great, but you should be able to clearly identify the species. We're doing it this way because there are people with different levels of birding experience, and because it can be extremely difficult to correctly identify a bird from memory.
  • If your family is working with one camera, multiple members may submit the same photograph, provided they also saw the bird in person. Children can team up with an adult.
  • Photos must be uploaded to an online photo album (Facebook,  Photobucket, Flickr, a blog, etc.), and the link must be submitted to the group so everyone can see what you've spotted. Please send your photo album link and e-mail address to Links to everyone's album will be compiled on this site:
  • Each photo must be labeled with the date and location you spotted it, along with the correct species name. Please consult a field guide. There are subtle variations between different species, and it's hard to tell the difference without a reference. (For instance, just because you saw a woodpecker with a red head doesn't necessarily mean you saw a "red-headed woodpecker.")
  • We will have some type of prize for the person who spots the most birds at the end of the year, and we may even have smaller prizes for the monthly winners.

The group also decided to do a "minor league" version of the contest - this is a more informal contest, just for fun, where the pictures are optional.

If you'd like to join in with us (either group), you're more than welcome. Just send me the link to your photo album, and I'll add your link!

Happy Birding!

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Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to comment - I love hearing from you. If you can help me out with identifying any of these mystery birds or correct any mistakes I've made in identifying the others, I would so appreciate it! Happy Birding!