BOOYA! I stumbled upon a couple MORE new year birds...
As I'm talking to Putnut on the phone I check the yard shrubs for Song Sparrow (score! #28). Then I walked a little further into the woodlot and saw something move 4' from me on the ground. I looked down and saw in perfect lighting against the leaf litter an American Woodcock (#29). 1/2 second later it flushed but is sure to be trapped somewhere in the woodlot for the rest of the day (nowhere else to go). AWESOME!
Oh, and added 2 more day birds (RTHA, and HAWO) making 24 for 3/17/10 so far.
Side note: Harry & Aaron, sorry for passing you both by today. But I must admit both of you have made a great showing for these first months of the year! Keep it up!
One more thing - SOS for Edmund Fitzgerald...you're about to sink!
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.