First a side note: the 2012 spreadsheet is up and running, so please go in the normal way and start updating your totals, gents.
On a good note (for me anyway), I just explored the far back edge of my house's property and just realized that I can get a VERY slight angle on both of the lakes behind my house, a good sized chunk of the smaller lake and a very thin slice of the much larger Whitefish Lake, which is about 1/3 mile as the crow flies. Luckily for you guys, the lakes are both either completely (the smaller) or partially iced over, making it harder for me to score any of the 400+ AMCO still on the lake or other waterfowl (MUSW, MALL, ABDU, COME, RBME, COGO, etc.). But I will keep trying and see what I can get. Until leaf out occurs, I must warn you guys that this is going to be potentially dangerous since I have will my first ever yard access to waterbirds and waterfowl! Here is the view (though not as crisp as in real life). The visible water in the foreground is the small lake (which could easily have breeding LEBI come June, plus VIRA/SORA/GRHE/COGA(?):
and through the scope, with Whitefish lake in the background:
OK, for this morning, at the PuttHutt (my new name for my "Swamp Lair"), in order to fend off the ever persistent SEFI, I got the following yearbirds:
EABL (3+ hanging in the field across the street)
BEKI- calling repeatedly from Whitefish Lake area (yard lifer)
BRCR (about time)
NOFL (hanging out down near Whitefish Lake as well
There are plenty more options available to me but it's going to take some time to get them. Rest assured that since I like being in the lead for a change, I won't rest easy until all the easys are on my year yardlist.