After seeing ridiculous amounts of birds flying over this morning on the way into work I decided to delay packing for a half hour and hike back into the field and see if I could turn up a few more yardbirds as there are a whole bunch of species that are reasonably easy now that will be very difficult if not impossible once I get back (May 1) - bonaparte's gull, dc corm, rs hawk, winter wren, hermit thrush, vesper sparrow, etc).
Heard and then saw a distant Red-shouldered Hawk (#74) once I reached the top of the ridge. Then walking the wooded edge back down the field I turned up a single Ruby-crowned Kinglet (#75) among 5-6 golden-crowns. Oh and yeah finally heard a singing Fox Sparrow (#73) this morning as I hopped in the car at 630am...
So the bar has been raised slightly, I would hope that three of you can pass 75 by May 1... But then again, who knows.
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.