February birding can be tough. “They will still be there next week” can no longer be used as an excuse to avoid some heavy weather. This month is when the hard work to fill the winter quota is put in. So bravo to the beats who have wrapped up, knuckled down and got out there.
149 lists were submitted from 6 countries by 10 beats. They found 673 species and advanced the yearly total to 1019.
The Life List was also pushed forward by 3 to 3285. Congrats to Donna, Redgannet and Corey for their Thick-billed Murre, Lawrence’s Goldfinch and White-winged Crossbill respectively.