So, in the past 2 days I have added:
Red-winged Blackbirds (scads flying over the house, some singing nearby)
Common Grackle- 4 flybys
Killdeer- 2 flybys
Amazingly, I still have not nailed down a bluebird for the yard, despite the one 100 yds west of my property line as I drove in today. He's not making much noise, that's for sure. Also, both of my neighbors have had SACR the past 2-3 days, but I have yet to cross paths with them. Finally, I just noticed that GHOW is not on my 2010 list. Need to get on that one... Thought I had them for the year, but I guess it was last fall when I last heard them.
And oh yeah, the water feature is RUNNING! I drained our hot tub yesterday, dumping all the 102 degree water into the water feature to melt the 1.5 ft solid block of ice, and it worked. Hopefully this will attract the bluebird in...
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.