Wow- finally a day with a warm tinge to the air, and a gorgeous sunny sky! Nothing like that to raise the spirits...and the year list. Scored Cedar Waxwing on the 12th, then quickly followed that up with Sandhill Crane (local breeders?), Brown-headed Cowbird, and Horned Lark (displaying at the airport- clearly audible from the house).
Regarding the tallying rules for this competition- one devout follower of our tomfoolery suggested that Sean compete with the sum of my and Curtis's totals. Now, why didn't I think of that! At face value I like the idea, and I suspect with some tweaking as we go along that it might work well. Better yet, perhaps we could just tally, as Curtis suggested, these four different tally styles and see how it shakes out:
1) total year yard birds, each man for himself
2) Sean vs. Caleb/Curtis (overlapping species for Curtis and I count cumulatively, so if I get AMRO and he does to, we receive 2 ticks)
3) Sean vs. Caleb/Curtis (non-overlapping species)
4) Sean's total X 45% vs. Caleb vs. Curtis
Is there a way to get such a tracking device on the blog homepage? Would be neat...
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.