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This year has been exceptional for birding for me (probably why you haven't seen me on here as much 😁).

As of 6/8 I have:

262 species in Nueces County

307 species in Texas

311 species in the ABA area

443 species in the World

 

I'm hoping to break 500 for the second year in a row.

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Since my last update about a month ago, I've seen or heard 7 more species (bringing me to 194 species. The best one is the Roseate Spoonbill I saw in DC this morning. It was first discovered yesterday, prompting the finder to download the eBird app in order to report it. I'm 13 species ahead of where I was on this date last year. But, I've seen about 10 species earlier this year than I did last year, so I am not actually that far ahead.

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I'm currently up to 269 species for the year! Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Western Kingbird, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, and Anhinga were the most recent additions. Hmm, I see a pattern... minus the kingbird. Kinda funny all these birds were in Tennessee.

Also, I randomly checked the Top 100... I was surprised to see I'm #6 in the state for 2023, with 233 (will be 234 when it updates with today's Limpkin)! For all time I'm at #106, with 7 species needed to tie for #100. Might be a more attainable goal to go for if hitting 400 species on my life list doesn't pan out. 

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19 minutes ago, Avery said:

I'm currently up to 269 species for the year! Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Western Kingbird, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, and Anhinga were the most recent additions. Hmm, I see a pattern... minus the kingbird. Kinda funny all these birds were in Tennessee.

Also, I randomly checked the Top 100... I was surprised to see I'm #6 in the state for 2023, with 233 (will be 234 when it updates with today's Limpkin)! For all time I'm at #106, with 7 species needed to tie for #100. Might be a more attainable goal to go for if hitting 400 species on my life list doesn't pan out. 

I just checked the Tennessee top 100 all time…that’s crazy. Here in California, to get in the top 100 all time you need at least 525 species on your state list. For my county all time, you need at least 315 species on your county list to be in the top 100. 

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13 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I just checked the Tennessee top 100 all time…that’s crazy. Here in California, to get in the top 100 all time you need at least 525 species on your state list. For my county all time, you need at least 315 species on your county list to be in the top 100. 

Yup, welcome to eastern birding!

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13 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I just checked the Tennessee top 100 all time…that’s crazy. Here in California, to get in the top 100 all time you need at least 525 species on your state list. For my county all time, you need at least 315 species on your county list to be in the top 100. 

You have to realize, California has the most population of any state and with four states(California, Texas, New York, and Florida) having 31% of the US population, most states are going to have comparatively few serious birders. Even if percentage per population of birders is higher, it is nearly impossible to compete with such a drastic population difference. 

Also with less people birding you have less people spotting rare birds for others to chase making it even harder. 

 

Of course to really get a good view of the whole picture you would need to know the population of birders vs total landmass. 

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55 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I just checked the Tennessee top 100 all time…that’s crazy. Here in California, to get in the top 100 all time you need at least 525 species on your state list. For my county all time, you need at least 315 species on your county list to be in the top 100. 

We Easterns can only see what's here.  Comparatively fewer species moves the bar down a bit for us in terms of what it takes to rank high, but that also makes it harder to rack up large numbers of county and state totals.

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On 6/29/2023 at 1:58 PM, Peromyscus said:

Since my last update about a month ago, I've seen or heard 7 more species (bringing me to 194 species. The best one is the Roseate Spoonbill I saw in DC this morning. It was first discovered yesterday, prompting the finder to download the eBird app in order to report it. I'm 13 species ahead of where I was on this date last year. But, I've seen about 10 species earlier this year than I did last year, so I am not actually that far ahead.

On Friday I visited two places, picking up four year birds, including the first Least Terns I've seen in maybe a decade. And Saturday I saw a Cattle Egret, bringing me up to 199 species for the year. I wonder what bird will be species number 200?

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

We Easterns can only see what's here.  Comparatively fewer species moves the bar down a bit for us in terms of what it takes to rank high, but that also makes it harder to rack up large numbers of county and state totals.

Percentages. If you've seen 87.13% of the species in a county that is pretty good, on the other hand if you've seen 265 species depending on where you are that may be really good or not.

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I finally got a Great Horned Owl this year! Last year there was one that would come out around sunset at the church on the corner of our road, but this year he was nowhere to be found. Even when I went up to NY  I didn't see or hear them. And finally, after it poured for over an hour, I see one! It had stopped raining when I saw the guy, but I felt bad for him. He didn't look particularly dry, and his ears were all droopy like a sad puppy. Bird n 235!

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