Yup, you read it right. I saw a woodcock alright!
Yesterday a.m. while searching for the "oporornis" I kicked it up. It flew 50' and landed again. I walked closer to get a look, but it flushed again and flew out of sight into the trees and brush.
So WHAT THE HECK is a Woodcock doing in my yard NOW?
I would expect, that IF I was to see that bird in my yard it would have been March or April. Maybe there's a nest in my yard...that's been undetected till now....yeah right...not here!
I'll take it anyhow. That makes an even 100 for the year (counting Oporornis sp. as 99) and 104 for all-time.
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.