Saw that this morning was actually cool and fairly calm so I spent about 45 minutes back along the edge of my neighbors woods (bigger oaks that pull in birds now that they are leafing out). Managed quite a few warblers considering how slow its been here recently... Best was probably a singing Canada Warbler, but I also picked up for the year a female Northern Parula, Blue-winged Warbler, and Bay-breasted Warbler. Other warblers included a lateish Yellow-rumped, Tennessee, Blackpoll, Redstart, Yellow, Ovenbird, and C. Yellowthroat. A Philladelphia Vireo was a nice addition and I not only heard Yellow-billed Cuckoo again today, but also had a Black-billed swoop up into a tree right above me!
I'm heading over to MI this weekend, so you guys have lots more prime migration time to be in your yards while I'm not even in the state (I've been trying to help you guys out that way...). We'll see if I can manage any other warblers to tie this thing up with Curtis on the warbler war when I get back... Also, I think maybe we should have a "spring title", then do it again for fall starting in like mid-July or something. Keep us more interested in trying to pick up additions in late summer when its buggy etc...
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.