No, not National Football Conference, though that is back in action now too, but Nocturnal Flight Calls. Although radar looked weak last night, I decided to sit on the roof from 5AM-6AM this morning to try again for VEER and other early migrants. Again I dipped on VEER, but I did have 1 year yardbird: BTBW:
as well as one probable Blue-winged/Golden-winged:a mystery 'zeep' (Slags, any ideas?):one unknown double-banded upseep (I am guessing TEWA is most likely; the others in this group are BTNW, OCWA, NAWA...)
2 Swainson's Thrushes (amazing how these and many other species show up WAY earlier in the migration by NFC than by sight on the ground! Think back to my March 2010 Savannah Sparrow...)and finally, this probable Bay-breasted Warbler. Yes, there are many other species in the 'zeep' complex, inc. YWAR, CERW, CONW, BLPW, BLBW, etc. But only BBWA typically has 2 humps and a *distinctly* downslurred pitch. I am not saying it's 100% certain, but it is a very good bet.
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.