As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know, the writers can be members of the 10,000 Birds Collaborative group on eBird. The task of providing the monthly summaries of the Collaborative’s observations has passed from Redgannet to me, after five years of his heroic work. Many thanks for his tireless efforts.

I am changing up the format, and it will likely evolve over time, but here is the first summary on my watch. Comments and suggestions are encouraged. (This post will return to its usual Saturday time next month.)

In January 2022, the Collaborate submitted 209 checklists in 5 countries (Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Serbia).

The 2022 year list stands at 665 and the life list is now at 4,105.

The sole addition to the life list is the notable Steller’s Sea Eagle that was seen in several places in Maine, an event that made the national news in the Washington Post.

The life list for the United States now stands at 692. For a list that is approaching 700, one might wonder about the most recent additions. Here are the most recent ten, and they are as elusive as you might expect:

In case you were wondering:

And there were 1,781 Mallard observations in the United States before the first Steller’s Sea Eagle.

Good Birding in February!

Written by Jason Crotty
Jason Crotty is a birder, lawyer, and occasional writer currently living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. A Bay Area native, he started birding while working at a large law firm in San Francisco, but birds less frequently now that there's a kid around, so he writes instead. Jason started at 10,000 Birds with a few guest posts and signed on as a beat writer in March 2017. He is particularly interested in the intersection of law and birding (especially the Endangered Species Act), other bird-related federal litigation, and federal public lands. Jason's writing has also appeared in BirdWatching, Birding, and Birder's Guide, both online and in print.