Oh, the thrill of a new list! Just 3 days into a new year and already the beats had contributed more than 20% of last year’s total. Within the week they had achieved the same measure against the life list.
At this rate……….., but that’s the thing about lists. From the very first submission, it becomes more difficult to push the totals forward. A line plotted against the law of diminishing returns describes an increasingly downward curve and a lister’s life is destined to follow that decline. But for the first few outings of a sweet new year, the list swells at each submission and northern migration is still to come. Oh joy!
Enjoy the efforts of the beats for January as below;
even better, visit the Collaborative List eBird profile page.
11 of them entered 284 checklists from 10 countries ( a single Laughing Gull from The Cayman Islands brought the Country/Principality/Kingdom/Emirate/Special Administrative Area/Territory list to 43. The beats noted 886 birds between them, 10 of which were new to the life list (which now enters its third year and currently stands at 3282).
The Life list sum was boosted by sightings of Ural Owl, Whooping Crane, Black-throated Magpie-jay and the proceeds from Duncan’s Albatross Encounter.