So, an extremely hectic schedule as of late has limited my time in The Wastelands but some early AM birding over the last couple of weeks has had amazing revelations about what can be had by diligently listening for noc flyovers. So here are some highlights over the last 1.5 weeks. [Forgive me as I don't have much time to post numbers, etc. to make this a decent report]:
#1 A distantly heard WTSP about 8 days ago
#2 A distantly heard EAPH about 4 days ago
#3 Last Monday, I experienced a multitude of noc flyovers at about 3AM. It was a perfect morning with light south winds. Definite tics were Solitary Sandpiper and VIRGINIA RAIL! Likely tics were Whip-poor-will, Upland Sandpiper, and American Redstart...however, these birds were heard briefly and not well so I won't be counting them...I leave near several major traffic hubs and it seems that my neighborhood is always busy
#4 Yesterday afternoon, I nailed the Wasteland's first ever HOUSE SPARROW-a female foraging in some young ornamental pines...she was flying back towards Wally's World with food in tow.
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.