I don't have much to say about the composition of my yard (since there's not much here, unlike some other competitor who lives on some Leopoldian bird paradise in WI!). It's in urban SW Grand Rapids, has several mature oaks in the back and an abandoned wooded, shrubby lot about 50yds x 150yds in the back running parallel to our street. This lot does have a tendency to attract migrants and is my only hope for survival in this competition with 2 country folk! I have one patch of evergreenery across the street consisting of one white pine and one norway spruce (this is where the WWCRs come!).
So far for 09 I've got a slow start: 21
Great Horned Owl
*You know, Sean, I have not seen a pigeon yet either, believe it or not.
2013 and beyond
It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.
2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.