For many nights now I have been taping for any of a half-dozen species I still need for the yard for the year which are likely to vocalize at night. Top of the list is perhaps EWPW (others being LEBI, COGA, SEWR, MAWR, YERA). No, CUDY this is not Eastern Wood-Pewee, it's Eastern Whip-poor-will. Strangely (considering my habitat quality up here) I have had no responses. Tonight around 11:20PM I played 2 loud bouts of song with my setup (moon was below horizon but wind calm and sky clear, so worth trying anyway) then shut off the player. Within seconds I heard at least 10 low-pitched calls best described as 'clucks' coming from the nearest tree about 30 feet away. Fast forwarded my Stokes eastern to the final 7 seconds of that track, the part with the clucking call, and BAM: exact match in tone, quality, cadence and note duration. Life yardbird, and one I was not positive I would nail down this year. Hope he sets up and sings (or was it a she?)
Also tonight, nocturnally, have been 3 separate BBCU, several SWTH, 1 GCTH, and a singing SCTA (!). All of these were recorded. Let me know if you want to hear any of them.
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.