I started the day with five Sandhills flying over (#31) and ended it with a Common Goldeneye (#33). In between were highlights like a 2nd year Bald Eagle, Hairy Woodpecker and (#32/180) American Wigeon. The wigeon and the goldeneye were scoped from the roof looking north over the basin of the Kalamazoo Lake. They were both flying high out of the drainage and headed for Lake Michigan. I didn't get photos of the birds, but I thought you might like to see what the vantage point entails. Photo 1 & 3 are views looking across the Kal Lake basin at Mt. Baldhead and the old radar installation. Photo 2 is Mt. Baldhead with a hat 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.