It may be a sore subject, but which beat gets the honour of recording a new species onto the life and year list? Corey, has been gazumped twice. By Donna on both occasions. There were tears when Donna’s earlier record of a Great Gray Owl displaced Corey’s which had been submitted first.
Corey has already submitted his Corn Crake sighting, but Donna saw it first and has now, after due diligence entered hers. As Donna’s is the earlier sighting, it will take precedence and knock Corey’s bird off its perch. It’s a tough break when your sighting of such a mega-rarity is demoted to “also seen by”, but those is the rules. To add insult to injury, he has been beaten to the post too. On his own blog! Sheeesh!
But while you commiserate with Corey, spare a thought for the Corn Crake for whom the adventure did not end well and for the birders who travelled to see it only to find that it had passed on.
November has brought some new birds for the life list as well as the Corn Crake. The collaborative all-time total has reached 3258 and the year total has made it to 2263.
9 beats scoured 6 countries; Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Mexico, UK and Serbia. They submitted 96 checklists to register 625 species (earlier numbers have been revised now that Redgannet has shared. If anyone should be role modelling collaborative behaviour…..).