The yard has held some surprises today.
I was heading down a path to see what I could find when Mom, who was birding from the back steps, called to me quietly and motioned to the water feature. An inquisitive NOWA was bobbing on top of the brush stacked beside it. This happened not 20 minutes after complaining to Putz about how unproductive my water feature has been. Unfortunately, this is not a first for the yard this year. Gosh, there I go complaining again.
Earlier in the day I found a CMWA sallying out after insects from the top of a tall spruce along the south boundary. A couple of YTVI were feeding with several MAWA in a tangle on the east side of the property and an individual RCKI was in the understory by the house. Others of interest: BGGN, BAWW, multiple REVI and scads of SWTH enjoying poke berries.
Yesterday a BTNW was with a WIWA in the walnut tree by the garage, a WOTH was feeding on Virginia creeper berries and a couple EABL finally showed themselves.
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.