Check it out boyz: the doldroms of the last week are about to end (just after dusk Aprl 28):You can count on a few new yearbirds for Putzville tonight, and here's hoping for several life yardbirds. My predictions: SAVS, SWSP, and going out on a limb- GRYE and VIRA. Get outside and turn on those mics!
Postscript: here is what things looked like at dawn April 29: clearly a bunch of the birds made it to our latitudes (note how La Crosse WI was blank at dusk, heavy at dawn, etc.). Somewhat shockingly, despite spending 1.5 hours on the roof last night between 10 and 11:30 I heard not a single seep! I guess they must have been up too high (?!). It will be interesting to see what the mic picked up as well. Finally, in my early AM site survey today I had no new species. It is tough to fully grasp what is going on here... Not that this is the place for me to ask given how little you all know about birds!
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.