[Tweeters] WA Birder county excel sheet updated too

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Thu Jan 12 18:39:35 PST 2017

I use this spreadsheet all the time. Thank you for maintaining it!

Teresa Michelsen

Snoqualmie, WA

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Matt Bartels
Sent: January 12, 2017 5:02 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] WA Birder county excel sheet updated too

In addition to the individual county checklists, Michael Hobbs and I have updated the Excel spreadsheet combining all the county codes in a sheet that allows you to tally your county totals [and do a bunch of other fun things]. Both the ‘enhanced’ version and the plain version are available at the Washington Birder website at:


Every year since 2003 I've updated this checklist, adding new species and county firsts, and revising it to comply with the latest taxonomic updates produced by the AOU & ABA. This year, the taxonomic sequence really changed a lot — if you’d like to delve into the reasoning behind the AOU/ABA sequence changes, one place to look is a recent article I wrote for WOS News: http://wos.org/newsletters/current/ [ “Revised WA Checklist and Field Card: Coming to Terms with the New Taxonomic Sequence”].

If you are looking for a color-coded way to track your county lists and/or see how abundant any species is in a given county, give the list a try.

With the 'enhanced' spreadsheet, you can generate county needs lists, see which counties you've seen or need any given species, and more. Instructions on using the spreadsheet are on the same page linked above.

Instructions on transferring your data from an older copy of your spreadsheet to the new one are included at the website as well.

We look forward to feedback or suggestions, and would be happy to help troubleshoot problems if you run across them.

Matt Bartels

Seattle, WA

On Jan 12, 2017, at 4:30 PM, Washington Birder <info at wabirder.com <mailto:info at wabirder.com> > wrote:

Our thanks to Michael Hobbs who has completed adding updated State and County Checklists to the Washington Birder website: http://www.wabirder.com/county_map.html You will notice changes to some headings and also a "scrambling" of species due to the AOU (now AOS) taxonomic order, published last summer.

"Birds in Washington State: a county comparison" spreadsheet has also been updated and is available at: http://www.wabirder.com/docs/biws.pdf

We know you will enjoy the wonderful 2017 site guide that Dave Hayden has written for Lewis County North. This guide covers east and west of I-5, mainly north of Hwy 6 and the Highway 508 corridor towards Morton. It is an excellent companion to the 2016 Lewis County site guide Dave wrote for Hwy 12, from I-5 traveling east to White Pass. Both site guides are available on the Lewis County Birding Page: http://www.wabirder.com/lewis.html These are great site guides, so be sure to check them out! Our thanks to Dave for sharing his extensive Lewis County birding knowledge.

Laurie Knittle

Washington Birder

Vancouver, WA

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