OK. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but it corresponds directly to a terrible lack of bird action in the yard.
First things first, I am inviting another member to the 2009 yardbird competition- Rick Brigham, a loyal follower of the blog (our only one?), and somebody who has been keeping track of his yardlist anyway, and is right in the thick of our competition number-wise (I believe he's at 111 for the year, his all-time yardlist, which spans, 4-5 years now, is far ahead of that of Curtis and I). So, assuming there's no resistance to this idea (guys, he WILL help our cumulative total get closer to Sean's!), let's welcome Rick to the fray. I have added him to the spreadsheet and sidebar tallies.
Second, let's start the fall warbler war with the date ranges of 15 July to 1 November (no more shortstopping me Curtis!). As Sean showed, TEWA is already on the move (it is a molt migrant, you know) near Madison WI yesterday. Rick will hit the ground running with the year competition, and be starting from scratch with the fall warbler war. Final question: should we do some kind of "fall list" which includes all species seen after 15 July-31 December? Or is it enough to keep just the full 2009 yardlist?