Date: 6/1/18 1:57 pm From: Timothy Barksdale <timothy.barksdale...> Subject: 300 by May
I have to send my Congratulations to Kendell Loyd for having recorded 300 species in Missouri before the end of May.
For a few months longer…. (I suspect), I still hold the Missouri Big Year Record. In 1991, while living in Columbia, Paul McKenzie and I pushed each other (and also worked together) during that phenomenal year. This year Brad Jacobs and Kendell are pushing each other.
In 1991, we thought we had a string of great birds, but this year (so far) has far exceeded that.
Things have changed !@ Holy Cow! The internet for one, eBird for another. But doing a Big Year within any jurisdiction, still takes an enormous amount of stamina and drive.
During the record year of 1991, I did not get to 300 until October 12th or so. That bird was the Sabine’s Gull which Chris Hobbs spotted along with Paul, Mark Robbins and me.
I suspect that not only will my record fall but that it can be shattered and passed by a bunch.
Good Luck to you, find great birds and set a new record which will last for years,
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