On a rare (in recent weeks) run today I came across a Snow Goose mixed in with the local migratory Canadas, just under a mile from my house! Being as hard as they are to get for my yardlist, any uncommon waterfowl like this spurs me to consider how I might add them to the yard list. Most evenings the geese overfly my house (or nearly so) either on their way to or from that pond, sometimes offering breif glimpses. So, tonight I will be on high alert.
Other than that my yard feels much like early winter! Scarcely a Yellowrump in the yard, no sparrows, and one probable NAWA yesterday is about all I can muster above the normal background birds. And the migration 3 nights ago, though the conditions looked good, was abysmal, with only a single WCSP being detected, and not a single other seep or thrush call!
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.