Luckily, my situation is nothing like Putnut's and I don't have a narrow window of horizon to deal with...ummm...
Anyway, just stepped out on this beautiful afternoon after finally getting off the phone for the 3rd conference call today. The winds are steady from the north but that isn't stopping a fairly decent raptor movement. Best birds were two GORGEOUS adult Bald Eagles (#31; #43 yard lifer) covorting with one another in a thermal way to the north of the 'slab'. After trying to convince my neighbor that I was actually looking at Bald Eagles, they disappeared before I could give him a look through the bins. Luckily, my wife got on them so her yard list now stands at like 5 or something like that. Other raptors that zipped by in about 10 minutes:
4 RTHAs, 3 TUVUs, 1 COHA.
A consolation year bird was TRES (#32).
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.