In the midst of the misty haze this morning I saw many out of place things:
Mixed cathrus (5 SWTH, 1 VEER, and 1 GCTH) hopping around on the mowed grass of the golf course under the shade of the large cottonwoods.
A male Canada Warbler singing its heart out from a clump of honeysuckle not more than 10x20' surrounded by golf course and apartments.
Empids everywhere, 5+ LEFL, 2 ALFL, a WIFL, and a bonus GCFL (not an empid I know).
Warbs weren't numerous (CAWA, YWAR, COYE, AMRE, NOWA, and TEWA) but in extra innings I just heard a Wilson's Warbler outside that is singing from the top of a honey locust tree over the parking lot. Thank God for migration!
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.