This AM my local Sharpie appeared suddenly on the brushpile (again), clearly eyeing something the bottom of the pile and scheming how to get at it. Instead of letting this play out without documentation, I decided to try capturing the chase with the video feature on my digital camera. After 1.5 minutes of filming, the bird finally was able to flush at least 1 passerine (a junco I think) and possibly something larger (MODO?) which I didn't get a good look at. Anyway, enjoy this rare clip (the hunt was unsucessful, BTW):
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.