eBird have applied their new taxonomy as of July/August 2019. What a boon for listers. Desk-top birders have been anxiously awaiting the new catalogue, hoping for splits to boost numbers rather than lumps to reduce them. In publishing the most current thinking, eBird have become the month’s biggest contributor to the life list, expanding it by 7 brand new species and pushing it to 3774. I just live for this stuff!
Not to be out-done, the beats have been out doing their thing as well. 7 species were added to the life list in the time-honoured fashion of actually identifying the birds in the field.
12 beats visited 12 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nigeria, New Zealand, Serbia, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, China and Argentina), sharing 148 lists along the way and noting 844 species (old and new). They have pushed the year list beyond 2K. Today it stands at 2019, but watch this space!
This is the month’s haul;
World Month List