Yesterday I went out in the cold north wind and had a Sora belt out a call from the cattails that surround a portion of the ponds (I'm not sure whether this is just a passage bird - I had Virginia Rail in the same relatively small patch last fall, so who knows?). Other new birds include a Myrtle Warb from my balcony last evening, not one but two YBSA around the trees by my apartment this AM (really Caleb, really!) as well as a pair of flyover COLO's that gave great looks! A couple of phoebes have taken up residence near a shed on the far side of the pond and sometimes I can pick them out on the distant snags.
Other quality additions over the past week that I've been without internet include a pair of Green-winged Teal on the 5th along with three Ruddy Ducks. The following morning I was treated to a pair of Blue-winged Teal. I don't want to spend the time figuring out what order my new birds were in, so suffice it to say that I'm now at 58 for the year and 85 for all-time.
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.