Had the incredible good fortune of having a female CONW flush up and sit in front of me at a range of 15 feet this morning. I unfortunately didn't have my camera with but while I was watching the bird walk along branches and look at me, I fumbled through my phones menu and was able to get one photo through my binocs before a chipmunk freaked out and startled the CONW back into deep brush. Here is what I think might be the world's worst CONW photo ever (I tried to adjust the contrast and exposure as much as I could in iPhoto but alas the orriginal photo was only 32k from my phone...):
Had a grand total of 1 COYE, 2 TEWA, 1 MAWA, 1 AMRE, 1 CONW, and 1 NOPA for the morning.
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.