In November it was Corey who was stumped. This month, Redgannet was caught out of his crease. Donna claimed both wickets by pipping them to the post with earlier sightings.
For December, Redgannet was convinced that he had boosted the collaborative life list by one, namely the Yellow-eyed Babbler, only to find that Donna had recorded the same species during her Indian tour in February 2016 and it had already appeared on last year’s compilation.
Duncan also denied Redgannet a life list acknowledgement by quietly submitting a Gray-headed Bushshrike and sneakily spelling it so that it slipped under The Queen’s English radar.
December’s numbers were as follows; 74 checklists were shared and accounted for 634 species seen from 9 countries by 8 beats.
Over the full year, 13 beats contributed 1660 checklists from 30 countries/principalities/territories/Special Administrative areas. The provisional total for 2017 came in at 2326. Provisional, because Christmas counts are still being submitted. The list has now completed its second year and the running total has reached 3272.
All the awards as well as some we haven’t made up yet go to Pat in Costa Rica who came top in every category that we can think of.
And finally, a big thank you to all the beats that contributed their sightings and please keep them coming for 2018.