An extraordinary morning of birding in the yard today. 40 species total. Of the seven new year birds, 5 were all time yardbirds...
#47 156 NSHO
Additional highlights were do to a minor hawk flight. Another young MERL couldn't seem to figure out what to do and slowly flew back and forth over the south field. While on the roof I had a SSHA come in high from the south which made up for the accipiter sp. I had on Monday. Two north-bound RTHA were obvious migrants (not the resident pair west of the property). One was of intermediate coloration. Besides these, huge numbers of AMRO, COGR, RWBL, KILL, and EUST were headed north continually, as was also the case yeasterday. A smaller paler thrush flew over with one of the robin flocks and was likely a Hermit Thrush, but I couldn't clinch it as such. The low presure pushing from the south is certainly advantagous for the early migrants lately!
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.