Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer.
The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?) beats have still managed to share 82 checklists and accounted for 737 species. Our two newest contributors have shared from Mexico and China, bringing the countries birded this month (also including; Costa Rica, Greece, Serbia, USA, UK, India, UAE and New Zealand) to 10.
The year list has benefited greatly from some fresh blood, reaching 1921 and the life list is topping out at 3751.
For fear of this feature becoming too cumbersome, I shall include just June’s sightings in this post. The list tends to take up a lot of computing space with it’s many links causing a bit of digital constipation. Thus, shorter, pithier posts will be the fibre of things for the rest of the year. Remember you can always access the full profile here and every link below is active, so go explore.
World Month List
The Hawk-eyed amongst those of you who have reached this far will note that the list only goes as far as June 24th. Since you have taken the time and trouble to get this far, I owe you an explanation.
I work as a flight attendant for an international airline. This involves being away from home and my keyboard for a few days at a time. eBird resets all it’s easily copied and pasted data at the start of each new month and if I am not here, I miss it. Thus, you miss it too. To get as close as I can to a true reflection of species collaboratively collected by the beats, I update the post just before kissing my family goodbye and heading to the airport.
This post will publish on July 6th, the first of the month, but once June ends, I cannot update the list any further. All the lists that I have so far have been included and my family are gathered at the door, eager to see me off.
It is possible to retrospectively update the numbers in the preamble at the start of the post and I do this regularly. But there is no facility for getting a monthly summary that fits into a blog posting format once the new month has begun. Funny thing, eBird’s monthly summary often differs from a monthly report requested from the same data. This makes me feel much better about being slightly out in my figures.
Anyway, I am probably just talking to a very small number of readers who reached this end of the post. Say “Hello” if you are one of them.