[Tweeters] County Yearlist Project mid-year update available at WA
mattxyz at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 18 04:55:16 PDT 2018
Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders
An updated version of the 2018 County Yearlist Project is up and available at Washington Birder. We've updated all 39 counties as of the mid-way point in the year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed by sending county compilers their sightings &/or posting on eBird.
At the mid-year point, as summer gets into full swing, this is a decent time to compare totals with previous years. 21 counties have reported higher species counts this year compared with last year. 16 have lower totals this year, and 2 counties have exactly the same mid-year total as last year.
29 counties have totals within ten of last year’s total, as with previous years, a sign of some stability in figuring out what the first half of the year looks like.
Statewide, the total of 367 is five higher than this time last year, and right in the middle of the total over the past 7 years. Western Washington is running 10 above last year and Eastern Washington is 5 higher this time around.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison with mid-way totals for the past 7 years:
Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Washington State 367 362 364 369 358 369 370
Western Washington 330 320 323 334 320 325 334
Eastern Washington 304 299 302 301 299 308 299
53 species have been seen in all 39 counties by this point;. This was very similar to last year’s tally of 54 ‘39ers’ by this point - I compared lists though, and they was less overlap than I expected - about 43 of the species were shared, and each year had 9 or 10 unique 39ers.
145 species have been seen in 30 or more counties — those would be our most widespread Washington regulars —
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 2018 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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