Ok, I'll be up front and honest - the Dickcissel was not seen in MY yard, but it was seen today at my temporary yard. We are visiting relatives in East-Central Nebraska and they live out on a farm with a very nice pasture and stream within a mile of the Platte River. I've been here before this time of year and had only ever had DICK once or twice. This year they are ALL OVER the yard - Ididn't even have to wander in the pasture yet. I wonder if the "irruption" in MI is more wide-spread. I'll see what else interesting I can conjur up during this next week while we're here.
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.