OK, since you guys appear unable to solve my word puzzles, I laid this one out bare. Just had a nice male at the suet, but he flew before I could get the photo. Hello second place!
The Brown Creeper is now daily in the yard, as are at least 2 Horned Larks calling from high overhead during much of the day. And hey- Hussey, Dorkstra, Booner, Swamp Kat and Fitz- where are your new yearbirds lately? GET OUTSIDE!
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.