I've been "out of the yard" for a month -- it's late fall in the U.P. Tons of birds to shift through at the feeder and the yard (mainly small finches, tree sparrow, and juncos). The notables are TONS of Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwing. I suspect that both species will have EPIC incursions into the south.
Also have heard a couple of flocks of Red Crossbills -- still haven't scored it at the Swamp Lair - it's my only bird goal for the remainder of 2012...
The other interesting thing at the feeder is 9 cardinals last night....5 males, 4 dull birds. Not sure what to make of that. Red-bellied Woodpecker is also back after an absence of almost a year.
Rounding out the goodies was a male Sharp-shinned Hawk stalking the feeder this morning and a flyby Northern Harrier.
The hummingbird juice is frozen solid...
What's on tap for 2013?
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.