Here's some more birds from NE. The top two were not seen in the "yard" but were still noteworthy enough. The Blue Grosbeak was a nice surprise just - 1.5 miles south of here - as I don't remember seeing one in NE before (they're here but my location is on the edge of their range). I'm hoping to get the Western Kingbird in the yard before leaving...but they are scattered and not terribly easy to come by. Dickcissels are (I'll say it again) EVERYWHERE! Any time I stop I hear at least one singing if not more. Their song has become background noise here in rural Nebraska. The Lark Sparrow was added yesterday in the yard as was a Grasshopper Sparrow (beat you to this one Caleb!) and Western Meadowlark (I'd love to find Eastern, but I think finding Eastern here is like finding Western in MI - tough).
I went looking for Yellow-headed Blackbird yesterday in some local marshes but to no avail.
There'll be more to come I'm sure...
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.