[Tweeters] Updated WA Birder cumulative county year list file available online

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 17 18:17:04 PDT 2015

Hi Tweeters & Inland-NW-Birders -

An updated version of the 2015 county year list project is up at Washington Birder. We've received updates from all the counties with details through the end of August. County compilers, especially for the under-birded counties, would appreciate receiving reports of any birds seen in their counties.

This year with 2/3 of the year done, we've tallied 377 species, four more than last year at this point but below the 2013 total at this point [382]. Eastern WA has tallied 308 species, one more than last year and 8 down from 2013. Western WA, at 345 species is above both last year [337] and 2013 [343].

25 counties are over 200 for the year, and 24 are doing better than last year at this point. That said, 27 counties are within 10 species of last year's total at this point - a sign of continued consistency despite he differences that we focus on every year. Ferry & Skagit counties are the two showing increases of over 30 species over last year at this point, the biggest differences by far.

Looking at species differences at this point in the lists this year and last - it really is all rare birds -I believe all but one species seen by this point in one year but not the other is either a WBRC review-level species or at one point was a review species but was removed somewhere along the way -- no big surprising misses, in other words.

If you'd like to take a look at where things stand, the list and many other interesting files are at the Washington Birder website:


A direct link to the 2014 county yearlist & the list of county compilers:


Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of another year's birds in WA.

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

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