I've taken the last three mornings off in an effort at parity (and not much in the way of fronts to move migration along). I went out by the small wet area that remains in the stream following rain a week ago and heard lots of BCCH and warb tsips. Spent about an hour in the area just watching and added a HY female MAWA that way. Finally I decided to see if pishing would help, it did... second bird in was a sharp looking Canada Warbler in the multiflora rose 10 feet in front of me. It also brought in a second MAWA, plus more of the usual suspects (TEWA and AMRE).
Also Peter Pyle just forwarded my remarks about the woodswallow on to ID frontiers with a bunch of others weighing in from Asia...
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.