Well fellas, the radar has finally heated up, and sitting on the rooftop tonight finally yielded my most wanted late Aug/early Sep life yardbird: the dreaded VEER! Couldn't believe I actually heard it. Then, the local GHOW started singing for about 15-20 minutes, for the first time this year. Watch out Fitzy- I am knocking down the remainder of my easy ones, and I also have recorded and heard by ear many tens of warbler seeps, including tonight potential COYE (buzzy and lower pitched than other warblers, but sonogram necessary to confirm). Haven't had time to analyze the last few night's recordings yet...
ALl I can say is... When it looks like this, you need to go outside and sit on the roof for a while. I am actually starting to hear the difference between the double-banded upseeps (non buzzy), vs zeep (short, high pitched but with slight buzz) vs longer zeeps (CSWA, MAGW, etc.), etc. I think with much experience these broad categories should be separable by NFC alone. God this is awesome.
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.