Well after a rather sleepless all night flight back to Milwaukee via Minneapolis I arrived back in a much greener yard than I had left. I tallied probably a dozen year birds in a quick walk thro the woods. Best among them was a sharp looking Clay-colored Sparrow that actually came in under the feeder! I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've noted this species in the yard during the spring. Also first Bobolink of the year out back singing in the cold wind. Also a female Eastern Towhee tagging along with a flock of White-throated Sparrows was nice for the yard. They inexplicably don't nest in the woods near here so it's an iffy bird in the spring. A flyover Lesser 'Legs was nice. Other new birds: OC Warbler, YR Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, 2 Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, BG Gnat, Savannah Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow, and Barn Swallow. 19 new birds in the first hour of being home. Should get a few more after I wake up from my nap this aft.
EDIT: Another 45 minute walk yielded not very many birds (the only warb was the PIWA again), but a few of them were new as it had gotten a little more sunny out. 3 Broad-winged Hawks, a few Purple Martins, and a Field Sparrow had joined the flock of chippies hanging out in the recently burned fields. It's fun to see so many FOS's in one day!
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.