Still working out the field marks of the latter species, but I have heard about a little known, very rare (n=1) species (either Anas odorata or Coccyzus coccyx, if memory serves) from the Columbus, OH area which features grotesquely long legs and lots of Roy D Mercer jokes. If anyone can help with its identity please let me know. I believe it's a life yard bird either way...
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.