Unpredictability is perhaps the hallmark of birding. Sometimes this is a bane, and other times it is a virtue. Today it was the latter. Despite months of diligently scouring the yard and every piece of real estate with EARSHOT of my yard, I have failed to find a Gray Catbird until this evening when I noticed this bird in the water feature! Not exactly the way I expected to first discover the species for the yard. How about a Bay-breasted while I am at it?
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.