Migration Madness 2023

Hey folks, it’s that time of year again and this week my 8th annual Migration Madness wills start, and this thread will be the dedicated to the those who will not be voting via Facebook. Rules? Just vote your favorite bird on the daily matchups and see if they move on to the next round. Here’s the schedule and the bracket for the 2023 season.

  • March 14th: First Four (4 matchups)
  • March 15-18th: Round of 64 (8 matchups per day)
  • March 19-22th: Round of 32 (4 matchups per day)
  • March 23-26th: Sweet 16 (2 matchups per day)
  • March 27-30st: Elite 8 (1 matchup per day)
  • March 31st-April 1:st Final Four (1 matchup per day)
  • April 2-3: Championship





Previous Winners:
2022: Burrowing Owl
2021: American Kestrel
2020: Harlequin Duck
2019: Anna’s Hummingbird
2018: Mountain Bluebird
2017: Mountain Bluebird
2016: Mountain Bluebird

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Do we vote for each bracket, or do we just vote one?

I will post the daily matchups and you just vote as I post. It’s 9 o’clock my time, so I have no problem with jumping the gun early and letting you guys start voting on tomorrow’s matchups. So here we go THE FIRST FOUR GAMES; chose one from each matchup.

Barn Swallow
Wilson’s Warbler

Swainson’s Hawk

Cackling Goose
Semipalmated Plover

California Scrub-Jay
Canyon Wren

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swallow, canvasback, plover, wren

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Wilson’s, canvasback, plover, wren

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Swallow,Swainson’s Hawk,Cackling Goose , California Scrub-Jay

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Oh, this is tough! The swallow vs warbler was virtually a toss-up, but I see more swallows. Barn Swallow, Canvasback, Semipalmated Plover, Canyon Wren

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Wilson’s warbler, Swainson’s hawk, cackling goose, scrub jay

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Barn swallow, Canvasback, Semipalmated Plover, Canyon Wren

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Thanks for the votes guys! The Barn Swallow, Swainson’s Hawk, Semipalmated Plover and Canyon Wren were victorious. Today starts the Round of 64; 8 games today.

American Kestrel
Barn Swallow

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Harlequin Duck
Ferruginous Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Harris’s Sparrow

Blue Jay
Swainson’s Thrush

Dark-eyed Junco
Swainson’s Hawk

White-throated Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee

Lazuli Bunting
White-throated Swift

American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Harlequin Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson’s Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Lazuli Bunting

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swallow, pecker, hawk, sparrow, thrush, junco, chickadee, bunting

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Day 2 of Round of 64 – 8 games

Cedar Waxwing
Ring-necked Pheasant

Sandhill Crane
Red-necked Grebe

Bald Eagle
Sabine’s Gull

Red-shouldered Hawk
Canyon Wren

Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren

Common Nighthawk
Tufted Puffin

Snowy Owl
Semipalmated Plover

Great Blue Heron
Yellow Warbler

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Waxwing, grebe, gull, hawk, wren, nighthawk, owl, warbler

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Barn swallow, Northern flicker, harlequin duck, harris’s sparrow, blue Jay, dark-eyed Junco, white-throated sparrow, lazuli bunting

Cedar waxwing, sandhill crane, bald Eagle, red-shouldered hawk, Carolina wren, Common nighthawk, Snowy owl, great blue heron

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Gotta be the native waxwing, the crane, the eagle, the hawk, the carolina wren, the puffin, the snowy, and the heron.

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Waxwing, snowy owl, sandhill crane, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk, Common nighthawk, yellow warbler

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Cedar Waxwing, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle, Canyon Wren, Carolina Wren, Tufted Puffin, Snowy Owl, Yellow Warbler

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Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane, Sabine’s Gull, Red-shouldered Hawk, Tufted Titmouse, Common Nighthawk, Semipalmated Plover, Great Blue Heron

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Thank you all for your votes. Day 3 starts today!

Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Horned Lark
Evening Grosbeak

Anna’s Hummingbird
Gray Catbird

Trumpeter Swan
Common Gallinule

Spotted Towhee
Violet-green Swallow

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Steller’s Jay

Burrowing Owl
Black Rosy-Finch

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