Got a fairly surprising bird today (#23):
and one (#24) I had been expecting for quite a while (and it's the local, not a migrant, as I have yet to see any moving yet):The Siskin is surprising b/c it is very sporadic in my yard. 2 springs ago they were common every day all the way into May, but last year I didn't get it until almost the very end of the year. I haven't had it since that single day in December until now (1 Mar), and then just this single bird which hasn't been back since. Either way, it's a good one for me to get out of the way...
Away from the yard I finally got RWBL today, plus AMCR are clearly migrating- several were seen way up high winging north. I suspect movements in this species are often missed since so few people really focus on them. Not too much else to report other than the shocking WWCRs I found 2 days ago in the local State Game Area (Rogue River). They were feeding surreptitiously on tamarack cones, and would have been missed if I didn't happen to walk up to the exact tree they were in. Given the paucity of reports this far south this year, it was a surprise to say the least. Now, if they would just fly over my house, that would be the ultimate salvage from the invasion year when I missed them for the yard.
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.