While Sean may have had X-bills in his yard, I'm interested to know how MANY he's had...so far here's a listing of all my WWCR yard sightings this winter. Caleb, I know where you're at...there's really no need for you to get involved in this one.
1/8/09 - one heard/seen in top of white pine across the street to the SE. Seen/heard by my son Caleb too.
1/9/09 - flock of about 20 seen/heard as they flew from top of white pines across the street and over my head as I stood in the driveway before heading south. Seen by Bonnie too.
1/12/09 - 3 briefly seen flying into and perching briefly in top of white pines across the street.
1/13/09 - one heard/seen in top of spruce N of our house
1/20/09 - at least one heard in top of white pine across the street.
1/22/09 - Fly-by of small flock (3+) SE of house. Heard.
1/24/09 - 4 heard and seen as they flew over the yard, landing in deciduous tree in neighbor's yard to the N before continuing to fly W.
1/24/09 - 3pm - 2 seen feeding in spruce adjacent to white pine across the street. A flock of 12 took off from there and flew N. Photos taken!
2/1/09 - Flock of about 2 dozen circled the pine and spruce across the street before disappearing to the south.
2/4/09 - 4 seen foraging in the top of the white pine, then flying West. ___________________________________
That makes 73 currently.
Below are pics of 2 of the 12 I saw on 2/24.
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.