This am wasn't all the birdy in terms of migrants, but I did manage a couple good species. The coolest thing was probably watching a Great Horned Owl swoop down and try to snag a Spotted Sandpiper that was bobbing on a log right by some tall tree cover... You should have hear that SPSA protest right after it narrowly missed becoming a snack... The best bird was a Least Sandpiper that circled the ponds a couple times before calling and leaving in search of shallower water to put down by (life yardbird). This evening after work I stopped by and had a female-type American Redstart pop out of the buckthorn I was pishing at and give me some nice looks before retiring. Of course when I returned to the spot with my camera it became uber shy... I got a shot of a cool looking dragonfly I might toss up here once I upload my SD card onto my computer. Bird on!
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.