This is a very quick post to show what can be done when you are an eBird obsessive with a bit of spare time on your hands. Yes, I took the time to look at my county totals for every county that I have ever eBirded and used a map I found on Wikipedia to color code my counties according to how many species I have seen in each. I used the following color codes:

300+ species – Red

250 – 299 – Orange

200 – 249 – Yellow

150 – 199 – Green

100 – 149 – Blue

50 – 99 Purple

1 – 49 Brown

Below is a version you can click on to get a larger image. You know, if you are really, really, bored.

United States County Map

I need to go birding in more counties! To make myself feel better, here is a similar map showing just the counties in New York State. The color codes are different though: Pink is 300+, Red is 250-299, Orange is 200-249, Yellow is 150-199, Green is 100-149, Blue is 50-99, and Purple is under 50. You can click on it for a bigger version.

New York County Map

Do you have similar maps made? Feel free to share links in the comments!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.