[Tweeters] County Year List Project updated through August [WA Birder]
mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 26 05:26:20 PDT 2022
Hi Tweeters & InlandNW Birders
An updated version of the 2022 County Yearlist Project is up and available at Washington Birder.
Thanks compilers for all your work, and thanks everyone who has contributed.
This update, coming at the end of August and as Fall Migration was just beginning, is less ’stable’ in timing that some of the other updates - some migrants might show up just a little earlier or later and bend the numbers - nevertheless, it is interesting to see where things stand.
Here’s how things look compared with recent years:
We’ve tallied 381 species statewide as of the end of August in 2022. That’s 9 above last year at this point, 3 above 2020 and 13 better than 2019’s total.
For Western WA, our 351 total is 11 higher than last year, and 7 higher than 2020.
For Eastern WA, our 316 total is 1 lower than last year, but 4 better than 2020.
Overall, we’re doing a bit better than last year when it comes to diversity of species seen, though a little low in Eastern WA.
17 Counties have higher totals than this time last year, while 18 have lower totals than at this point last year. Four counties have exactly the same total as at this point last year [Cowlitz, Mason, Snohomish & Spokane].
79 species have been seen in all 39 counties, and 165 species have been found in 30 or more counties.
A handful of species new to the year list have come in since the end of August- It looks like we’ll add Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Tropical Kingbird Boreal Owl, Philadelphia Vireo, Magnolia Warbler and others in September. But things like Scripps’s Murrelet & Short-tailed Albatross might go missing on the year totals this time around. We’ve still got plenty of time for more fall vagrants to pop up, along with winter surprises like perhaps an eider or odd gull. And with Neah Bay open for late fall birding, who knows what surprises remain….
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 2022 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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