I have returned and yes indeed...I can now say that woodpeckers do occasionally make forays into The Wastelands. I had a single NOFL (#34/44) bust south (not north?) over the yard this morning. My hypothesis: the neighbor's radioactive playground equipment is working its magic.
I may still have a chance at a distant DOWO if I get lucky with scoping a few the available tree crowns to the north horizon. Maybe my only other woodpecker possibility is RHWO this spring?
Hey Dykstra...looks like I'm gaining on you again...::diabolic laughter::
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.