Well I spent the past two and a half days up at my folks for the holidays. I kept an eye on the feeders to some extent, but obviously was spending time with family for most of the time. The coolest thing for me was having a lone Wild Turkey come under the feeders every couple of hours.
And then, I filled up the peanut feeders in the midst of the snow on the 26th, and had five woodpecker species on them within a half hour of them being filled. This also marks the third consecutive winter that both a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Northern Flicker have wintered in my parents yard and been regular guests at the feeders! I think there is a very solid case that these birds are the same individuals (since I've never had either species ever winter or come to the feeders for the ten years I lived there prior to the last three...) which also is pretty amazing that species like these have that kind of wintering site fidelity...
Anyway, I hope you all had a great holiday and here's to a great 2010 (will the competition reset?)!
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.