45. Brown Thrasher
46. White-throated Sparrows
47. Swamp Sparrow (2nd record for a yard that does NOT contain proper habitat for this species).
All three species were singing as well. Another notable was my 3rd Winter Wren of the spring. It actually came out into the open for great extended viewing. I had only one record of that bird before this spring.
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.