Alright, after seeing quite a few posts talking schmack about me (are you guys just feelin your oats or what?), I decided to go outside and take advantage of the 20+mph SW wind and low cloud ceiling this morning. It was actually quite cold and not much was flying, but quality not quantity is what really matters. The best bird was a Common Loon (#71) that was followed shortly thereafter by a pair of Northern Shovelers (#72). Neither are new for the yard, but they are both quite good birds here (less than 3 sightings ever of either species).
Other notables during the hour watch were 2 Great Blue Herons, 7 Wood Ducks, a female type Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flicker, 4 Pine Siskins, and 4 more White-winged Crossbills (86, year to date). 38 species total in that time, on par with some of your guys totals for the year... Luckily for Curtis most of us are going to be gone from our yards for a significant part of the spring. Better take advantage of that man!
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.