To concur with Sean, what a dry spell it has been! I left Thu night for Tawas only to learn that the gates had let loose. Arriving home Sunday night (2 state birds richer, I might add), I found that there were ZERO species of warblers left in my yard. Incredibly, I have had NOT A SINGLE warbler in the yard since before leaving for Tawas. For May 15-20 I find this totally shocking, and cannot remember a similar scenario. I also cannot find anything but a single Baltimore Oriole other than local breeding birds. Perhaps the favorable weather tonight will change this?
One other thought: for the year I am still missing: AMRE, GCFL (present all summer long), EAWP, GRCA, MAGW, CSWA, BLPW, SCTA, GHOW (last heard Dec 2009), RBNU, & HETH (!). Wow, I better be ready to play catch up come September...
(final note: looks like the radar is starting to pick up just now (10:06PM). maybe I'll give a listen...)
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.