[Tweeters] County Year List Project at the half-way point for 2019

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 17 04:37:52 PDT 2019

Hi Tweeters & Inland NW Birders

An updated version of the 2019 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. It is always fun to pull together the data and see how the year looks in the aggregate - this year looks a bit low over all when it comes to totals.

20 counties have reported higher species counts this year compared with last year. 14 have lower totals this year, and 5 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. I take this as a sign of some stability in figuring out what the first half of the year looks like.

Statewide, the total of 360 is seven lower than this time last year, and the 2nd lowest mid-way total we’ve seen in 8 years. Western Washington is running 3 below last year and Eastern Washington is 6 lower this time around.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison with mid-way totals for the past 8 years:

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Washington State 360 367 362 364 369 358 369 370
Western Washington 327 330 320 323 334 320 325 334
Eastern Washington 298 304 299 302 301 299 308 299

55 species have been seen in all 39 counties by this point;. This was very similar to last year’s tally of 53 ‘39ers’ by this point -
147 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:

http://www.wabirder.com/ <http://www.wabirder.com/>

A direct link to the 2019 county yearlist & the list of county compilers contact info:
http://www.wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html <http://www.wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html>

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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