Well, I am totally bummed to have to report to all you slackers who failed to build yourselves a nocturnal mic that you have just been burnt. As I sat here working on old eBird checklists just now (11:50PM, March 15) I was surprised to hear a high-pitched bugling coming through the live feed. I bolted outside after hitting the record button on Audacity, and here is what I recorded (yes, this is my clip uploaded to a 3rd party website since blogger can't handle the mp3 file):
Yup, #39. In two separate flocks quite high up And you can count on many more species being added this way in the next 2 months. I even have a ladder permanently mounted on the deck to allow quick and easy access to the roof whenever I hear a flight occurring. Can you say SOSA, BBPL, SESA, UPSA, BOBO, SAVS, GRSP, and/or a load of other species I'll never get any other way from my yard?
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.