After not seeing any redpolls actually stick around my yard since early January, I was glad to have one join the three siskins and 8 or so goldfinches that are frequenting my feeders on a near-daily basis. I took some shots through the windows of it skulking around the dwarf alberta spruce and then I stepped out the front door and snuck around the corner to get some shots not altered by double-pane glass... About the only other thing on the move today were cranes which were going over in pretty good numbers (~150 in less than an hour outside).
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.