147 is the new cumulative total: Red-headed Woodpecker was hanging around the yard for the weekend (117/143). A GBHE fly-over while I was installing a water feature in the back yard brings the year list is 118. Two hen WITU have been visiting the feeders daily this week with 14 youngsters. They come together as a large flock, but the poults are distinctly different ages and stick with their respective moms when they separate. There has been an elusive MERL seen by others attacking birds at the feeders recently. Where it is when I'm around is anyone's guess.
I'll post a description of my yard when time allows. Sufice it to say, its mostly a wild 8 acres.
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.