Date: 1/2/19 7:35 am From: Jeff Tufts <jctufts33...> Subject: [RV Birds] Make that a VERY FAST start to 2019
Okay, who's the idiot who predicted that Jackson County birders might find 25 species on New Year's Day ?
Oh, that was me.
Well, I was off by a little. No make that a lot. Really a lot.
Unofficially (there may be a few reports still to come), Jackson County birders recorded 98 species yesterday. Amazing total !! Clearly the birding community does not include a lot of couch potatoes who spend New Year's Day watching football and gorging on chips and dips. Way to go people!
As of this writing, there have been 56 checklists submitted to eBird for January 1. That total represents the efforts of 18 individual birders.
The total of 98 species is especially remarkable considering that none of the major bodies of water (Lost Creek Lake, Agate Lake and Emigrant Lake) were covered.
One month ago, who could have predicted that the Jackson County list for 2019 would include Palm Warbler and Loggerhead Shrike after one day ? Not me.
Although some likely candidates were missed--Purple Finch, American Dipper and Cedar Waxwing to name a few--it was surprising that local birders were able to come up with Eurasian Wigeon, Mountain Quail, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Rough-legged and Ferruginous hawks, Black-billed Magpie, Varied Thrush and White-throated Sparrow. None of those are really rare this time of year but neither are they slam dunks.
Thanks to all who contributed to the Jackson County eBird database. If you're not a eBirder and you saw any species that are not on the attached list, please let me know (<jctufts33...>).
The Excel species list with more information about the Jan. 1 sightings will be posted in a day or two.
Keep birding ! Only 364 days left to find a Cedar Waxwing. !
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