I spent much of the day roof-top birding (with the exception of some mid-day gulling in Holland with a know-it-all from Sparta). Man, what a wonderful day! Here goes: two distant NOFL (#33), seven fly-over COGR (#34), two high up and invisible calling KILL (#35), a female PIWO fly-by at eye level from 50' (#36), a solitary EAME perched in a tree on the old golf course (#37), an unidentified accipiter which I should have dropped my cell phone for (#38) and a MERL (#39/152). The latter was a thrill to have flying in from the east, diving through the tree-tops, crossing my line of sight at 25' and exiting towards the lakeshore.
The young NSHR is still across the way. Twice today I found it while I was on that property and lost it before I could get back to mine. It doesn't sit still long enough. I'll try for it again tomorrow. I'm glad its stayed since Thurs, but its torture not having it for a yardbird yet!
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.