Well ladies. Here is the damage in 10 minutes of "site surveying" my yard:
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Dark-eyed Junco
4 American Goldfinch
This is an interesting subsample of the bird present in my yard each day, which includes at least 14 DEJU, 6+ TUTI, likely 8-10 BCCH, 4+ DOWO, 2+ HAWO, etc.
Also had a Kestrel about 1 mile up the road, which would still be a life yardbird. And I had an unknown Buteo sp. fly over briefly. Rough-legged Hawk is high on my mind. And my dream yardbird for winter would definitely have to be CORA. I am far enough north that there are a very few individuals around, but most of the time they seem to stick to the larger forests such as the Rogue River State Game Area (where I saw my only Kent Co. CORA last spring).
For some reason I am still missing my year yardbird HOSP, EUST, HOFI, and some other seemingly easy birds which have been here in numbers as recently as December.
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.