Yesterday I scored 2 new birds for the year. I had one female Purple Finch trying to eek out a song of sorts. Also a singing Chipping Sparrow responded to my pishhing and lit on a branch in front of me - at which point I had one of those "wow, that bird is really handsome" moments.
This a.m. I had nothing new, but one more notable Winter Wren (not singing unfortunately) and a couple of Sapsuckers. Any luck yet Caleb?! You know that Harry Woodpecker you said you had in your yard the other day - if you see it again you might want to double check to be sure it doesn't have large white patches on the wings, a dusky back, red cap & throat and a yellow belly. Just trying to help.
BTW, I tried a play on words for CHSP this year, but it just didn't work as well as my FISP 'n Chips post from last year. Besides, I would like to have a FISP right about now!
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.