So I will be getting married and moving down to lovely Naperville, IL in late October. We already have the apartment picked out and I'm pretty excited about its location since it is actually part of a golf course and thus is surrounded by green space and nice ponds. My question is whether, a) I can start a new list for that location for the competition, and b) whether I can count the surrounding golf course as the "yard". Below is an aerial pic from google maps that shows the surrounding area. The ponds to the west will be good since they already were hosting a dozen DCCO, GREG, a SOSA, and a couple SPSA when we were down there signing the lease last weekend. There aren't many trees at all and I will be getting down there after most passerines have already moved through... So let me know what you guys think about what my boundaries should be down there. Also, I already lined up a transfer to a Walgreens down in Naperville which is so close I can walk to it (see bottom right). Very excited about not having to drive my car to work everyday down there esp in snow and such...
Things are still slow in the yard here. I had another Tennessee Warbler this weekend and a REVI but nothing else yet. I'm planning on having a little more time this week to get out so hopefully some stuff starts showing up.
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.