Woke up to my first (belated, I might add) Fox Sparrow and Eastern Towhee (a female, surprisingly). Then, while playing sapsucker tapes I had this surprise:
Only reason it's a surprise is that I haven't had this in the yard since at least Sept 2009, whereas they are typically present in the yard through the non-breeding season at least once a month. Go figure.
Hoping for Purple Finch, Hermit Thrush, Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow and Tree Swallow within days. And despite two days of good nocturnal movement (judged by radar) the mic has ben surprisingly silent. My tally from 2 nights ago was: 1 probable Field Sparrow, 1 American Tree Sparrow, 1 unidentified Fox/Song/Vesper type sparrow, and a couple of run-of-the-mill mystery notes. Always fun.
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.