After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good. Humiliating him in front of his public had a far more productive effect than I could have hoped for in fact, as he upped and took himself off to Panama in an attempt to appease the compiler. And more to the point, he has managed to overcome his aversion to the share button. Please join me in congratulating him and urge him to keep sharing even when he thinks he has nothing interesting to give.
Corey too, has been extravagant in his contributions as the waterhole at Forest Hills gets busy.
Donna is still recovering after a speed-reading accident, but has shared some more wonderful birds from her Cuba trip that will retrospectively be added to the March totals. The March post will probably not be altered to reflect this, but instead the sightings will be used to make the April figures look better. I refer you back to threats made by The Management at the beginning of the year.
The idea is that active beats share their sightings through the eBird facility and all the checklists are collated into a collaborative total. Redgannet collects up all the data and reports back on the first Saturday of each month.
As at April 30th 2017, the collaborative year total stands at 1432, with 895 species noted this month from 164 shared checklists. 9 beats contributed their sightings (this knocks last April’s efforts of 116 lists for 672 species into a cocked hat and claws back some ground on the 30th April 2016 running total of 1707). The life list has surged to 2831 after Mike’s Panamanian adventure, breaking through another milestone during Duncan’s visit to Werakata National Park.
The Country/Territory/Special Administrative Area/Principality/Kingdom total also moved on a peg to 38.The Collaborative List profile page http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/NzI2ODAx/world is just a little more colourful because of it. Russia! That’s where we need to send a beat to add a big splash of colour. Hands up. Who fancies a trip to Siberia?
9 countries/territories/special administrative areas/principalities/kingdoms were represented in April’s statistics; Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, United States, Serbia, Hong Kong, Panama, Kuwait and UK.