Ah, so confused...entering some ebird "data" realized a RUTU at the end of May (28th) from the lair was #185 for the yard.
On Saturday had a couple of new birds at Chase Place including a pair of Virginia Rails that showed well from the backyard and a Marsh Wren within ear-shot. I think as the cattails mature these birds are moving in because they definitely weren't around in May (Marsh Wren in particular was nearby but in wetter habitat). Also offshore a Black Tern - made me think of our hero.
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.