And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts.
The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!). Donna was first amongst beats to reach North Dakota and brought the number of Lower 48s to 32, adding Sharp-tailed Grouse, Sprague’s Pipit and LeConte’s Sparrow to the life list. Jason broke new ground in Alaska, adding Marbled Murrulet and bringing the Upper 1 to 1. Still all mainland though. Any trips to the islands planned, I wonder?
9 beats visited 8 countries, submitting 102 checklists along the way, accounting for 609 birds. A very creditable effort for July. Cheers beats.
The Year List has reached 2047 and the Life List, 3534.
Here they are from the top down, figuring that if you have made the effort thus far you deserve instant gratification.