[Tweeters] County year list project update available on WA Birder
mattxyz at earthlink.net
Tue May 16 05:20:27 PDT 2017
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders -
An updated version of the 2017 County Yearlist Project is up and available at Washington Birder. We've received updates from all 39 counties as of the end of April. Thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending county compilers their sightings &/or posting on ebird.
An end-of-April cut off for produces a lot of variability in the lists -- there is so much that is coming in right around the first of May that the precise totals for each county are pretty insignificant -- one week earlier or later could make the difference for a dozen or more species , easily. A quick glance at the species not yet reported anywhere as of the end of April turns up over a dozen species that are not yet on the state list but that have since arrived or will be here very soon.
Nevertheless, here's a bit of year-on-year comparing!
As of the end of April 2017, 321 species had been tallied. That’s one below last year’s total at this point, eight below 2015’s total of 329, and above 2014’s total of 318.
Western WA, at 290 species was four higher than last year’s 286, and two above 2015’s total of 288. Eastern WA, at 255 was five lower than 2016’s pace of 260, was four lower than 2015’s total.
19 counties have reported higher totals than at this point last year. 17 have totals lower than last year. And three are at exactly the same total [nice consistency, Adams, Island and Kitsap!].
Clallam County [as usual] leads the pack w/ 226 species. Walla Walla, at 197 has the highest for eastern WA. And Grays Harbor, King, Skagit and Whatcom are the only other counties over 200 so far.
104 species have been seen in 30 or more counties already, 17 species have been seen in all 39 of our counties.
We'll be better able to see how the year is shaping up in a couple months when the reporting mark comes during a quieter time.
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 2017 county yearlist & the list of county compilers contact info:
Thanks to all the compilers and all those pitching in to sketch a picture of another year's birds in WA.
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