This weekend I attended Sean's wedding in Waterford, WI near his childhood home, the one we have all come to resent. This meant spending some quality time at this house, which was of course difficult given my longstanding bitterness over getting walloped in this contest while working my tail off to try to keep it close!
Well, in the interest of ending Sean's reign on a nice note, I got him a year yard bird during one of our brief yardwalks- a speedy Wilson's Snipe which was high above the yard! I believe it was 170 for him for the year.
Now, the good news for the rest of us. 170 is officially a number of the PAST, as Sean no longer resides at this residence! He has moved to his new apartment in Illinois, meaning that his sidebar will soon reset itself to zero ad he will start from scratch in sub-par habitat (golf course, few trees, decent wetland, no prairie, no woods).
So, let's all wish Sean a happy marriage, and now let's show him what it felt like to be us over the past year! You are going down, my friend. Waaaaay down. (imagine my evil laugh as I say that)
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.