So last night at 7:45PM I arrived home to a wall of gray clouds coming in from the west, ahead of the precipitation. As I looked up to the sky, mainly out of habit, I immediately noticed a very high flock in V formation, but a shallow V not a waterfowl-like acute V. There were something like 20-30 individuals, in a very well-organized V, not disheveled. They felt small and pale but naked eye this is a tough judgment.
Anyway, I ran in and had my bins and was back out looking within 10 seconds, but failed to see them again. And now I am left with the sinking feeling that I had a flock of large shorebirds pass over my house as I watched...
Better not to know indeed.
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.