Found an even better view, and yes that is open water in the front of the view:
SEFI's trashtalk in the last thread just ignited the fire, and you all will suffer for it. I can (I think) safely say that I will be in the yardbird lead at least through March. Have a go at what I just saw and heard while looking at my yearbird Mallards as they floated in Whitefish lake:
Later a RBGU flew by my view, but so far the AMCOs have eluded me (just a matter of time). And there are at least 6 NOFLs in this spot too, surprisingly. Other species on Whitefish Lake I need: MUSW, both mergs, COGO, and even WWSC. Not to mention I am still missing BAEA, CEDW, and SSHA for the year. Enjoy my taillights, boyz.
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.