[Tweeters] Washington County Year List Project 2020 summary & 2021 launch

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 18 12:12:32 PST 2021

Hi Tweeters & INWBers -

Here’s the year-end report for the 2020 round of the county year-list project. Full results posted here:
http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html <http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html>

[for those waiting for fresh excel checklists for 2021 - stay tuned, we’re getting close!]

This was the 14th year we’ve recruited compilers from every county to keep track of sightings. The idea behind the project is to get behind the fun of individual county listing to compile a ‘community’ list — rather than just birds seen by a single individual, we attempt to pull together birds seen by anyone over the course of the year. It provides one perspective on the birds of Washington in 2020.

Some results for 2020:
Overall, I’m mostly surprised by how ’normal’ the results look despite this year’s disruptions.
393 species were reported statewide. That’s just a little below average [394.6], and one lower than 2019’s total.
323 species for Eastern Washington. That’s six above last year, and almost exactly at our average [323.3]
368 species for Western Washington. That’s four below last year, but still three higher than the overall average [365.0].

Record high totals were reported for fourteen counties. That might be a result of more birders staying close to home? Records highs were tallied for: Asotin [225], Benton [235], Cowlitz [209], Franklin [222], Grant [262], Island [243], King [292], Kitsap [241], Lewis [213], Mason [213], San Juan [216], Spokane [254], Thurston [243], and Whitman [239]

25 Counties came in with totals higher than last year, 14 came in lower.

32 counties had totals higher than their 2007-2020 average. The counties with the biggest variance from their average included King [27], Whitman [27], Island [25], Mason [22], Lewis [22], San Juan [22], and Thurston [21].

84 species were seen in all 39 counties, 171 were seen in 30 or more counties. That’s in line with last year, a sign of the ‘stable abundant’ portion of the state list, maybe? At the other end of the spectrum, 26 species were reported in only one county this year.
The only missing species that are not a Washington Bird Records Committee review-list species were pelagic birds - not surprising with the limited Westport schedule and the lack of repositioning cruises: Parakeet Auklet, Short-tailed Albatross, & Murphy’s Petrel.

In addition to the year list at the link [http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html <http://wabirder.com/county_yearlist.html>] , I've included a simple sheet that compiles the annual county totals for each county from 2007-2020 -- if you'd like to see how any county has trended over the years, this is the sheet to study.

2021 compiling is underway, and I encourage you to look up the compiler for counties you bird in and send along unusual sightings -- most compilers are checking eBird reports already, but eBird still misses a good bit and we appreciate the help making sure we hear about these sightings. You can find a list of the compilers at the above link

Thanks to all the compilers who track each county, and here's to a fun and surprising 2021. If you notice anything not noted on the 2020 list, let us know and make a resolution to report your sightings to the compiler this year .

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA
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