There's something about hearing/seeing your first migrant warbler of the spring (not the few resident YRWA's). This a.m. was no exception. I heard (but could not locate) my first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the spring (#42). I quickly added some chattering and singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets (#43) as well. Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow and Golden-crowned Kinglets were all there too.
This evening I birding in the back with my 1.5yr old bird-loving son in an attempt to SEE a Yellow-rumped. While he toddled behind pointing up and saying "burt" I heard and then shortly after located a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I proceeded to show my son who actually locked onto the bird as it flitted 20' above us. NICE! As son #2 (almost 7) ran out to find me I heard an unexpected #44 - Field Sparrow! I had my son stop and listen for the dropping ping-pong ball song and he got very excited as it sang again. I got FISP last year (just once at about this same date), but figured my habitat would not lend to it becoming a regular, but who knows!
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.