Boner, not Booner this time. Seriously, in the early morning fog just now, while trying (again, unsuccessfully) for Sapsucker, I looked up to see a gull flying over at low altitude, and shockingly, it had a black head and white triangles. Score another life yardbird (BOGU) for Putzville (58/123). Added CHSP yesterday but am still waiting on quite a few expecteds like TRES, HETH, WTSP, etc.
Also interestingly, I had my first ever "yard boundary"FISP (ie. I've had them many times singing outside my property, but never within it; this one came silently into the brushpile):
And these guys have become regular now, despite being a life yardbird just a week ago.
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.