Wow- after listening but hearing nothing last night, tonight's radar is even better
Indeed, Slave Dagger just called from La Crosse WI and said he just heard the following (all well after dark migrating overhead) from his trailer: VIRA (1), SOSA (2), and WPWI (1)!! But he also said it's overcast with a low ceiling and storms brewing on the horizon. Here in Grand Rapids, the stars are beautifully visible, likely causing the average flight height to increase to a level outside of hearing range. So, I'll continue to tweak this thing until the nocturnal listening yields me yardbirds. For the record, I just missed SAVS last night by about 2 minutes, after I had just come off the roof (picked up diagnostically by the mic). Get out and listen, chumps.
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.