Picked up a silent Solitary Sandpiper that flushed from one of the logs along the edge of the pond this AM. A couple of flyover warbs remained frustratingly high and unidentified. A gnatcatcher called as it moved around the top of the weeping willow. Also finally had a Purple Finch singing this morning and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing from at least four directions. A lot of birds definitely pushed in last night... Now I can't wait to get out and actually spend a full day birding on Friday trying to nail down smith's longspurs a couple hrs south of me.
Oh yeah, one of the beavers from the lodge on the pond swam back and forth about 20 feet offshore looking at me for almost ten minutes this morning. Every 40 seconds or so it would smack it's tail and dive under water, only to resurface nearby and continue its patrol obviously watching me. This was the closest I'd ever observed a beaver and was amazed at how obliging it was!
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.