So I lugged the scope out to digiscope the lone coot that is on day three of its stay in the small pond bordering the golf course. After spending about ten minutes on that (best I managed below...) I scanned the rest of the pond and noted a Tree Swallow high overhead circling the pond. Behind that I caught an extremely distant large bird in sustained flight steadily winging its way north. I got the scope on the bird and my suspicion proved correct and not just one Common Loon, but two of them were bee-lining north across the horizon! Not only does this put me two behind Caleb for the year (#43) but it also puts me only two behind Slager all-time (#79). I'm enjoying the parity while it lasts. Come spring C. P. will be trouncing me with passerines...
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.