Well, with apathy and lameness as the status quo here (watch out Booner, you're first to fall), I may have the lead here in shorter order than I expected. (if only I'd have moved in August when EAKI, BAOR, Empids, RTHU, and countless other early fall migrants were still around). It is fun building a life yardlist from scratch, and here is how it has gone in the first 3 full days:
YTVI (still singing)
CMWA (nice spanking adult male)
ROPI (nice after trying and missing for 2 years at the last place!)
HOSP (yes this took 3 days to add)
RHWO (wow- this species took 1.5 years to get at my last house, not 1.5 days!)
REVI/WAVI/PHVI (mew call heard only)
GCTH - NFCs
SWTH - NFCs
WOTH- 1 NFC (probably Veeries were in the mix too- but I need to look at sonograms to be sure)
BDOW (singing at night)
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.