After a week without much happening, the flood gates opened today. Although there wasn't a tremendous diversity of species (32) in an hour of birding the property this morning, there were good numbers. 100+ each of WTSP, WCSP & GCKI, 15 RCKI, 8 BRCR, 12 RBNU made for a boisterous yard. Additional goodies were 6 YRWA, 2 EAPH and individuals of WIWR, YTVI, MAWA, COYE, BTNW & NAWA. Intermittent light showers and accompanying cool down drafts probably forced a lot of these to earth. Searched all over for OCWA, but none today. Its around though as mom had it just outside the bay window yesterday. I'm hoping for that and another warbler selection tomorrow.
I also finally had a single FRGU from Douglas Public Beach this morning - a full week after Slogger's birds in Ohio. That's 234 for the county this year.
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.