Date: 2/2/19 4:45 am From: Dave Provencher via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] COA CT Big January, birding distribution
Thanks to Chris and COA for the CT Big January tally and hats! This year I decided to do a big January for the first time in a long time, despite being out of state in North Carolina for a bit. But working full time still (and being burned out many years ago on entire state big anythings) I would only focus on my home county, New London. That got me wondering about what the distribution of birding effort across Connecticut is these days. Here is what I found out. I used data from eBird and admittedly not everyone uses eBird, however I believe the percentage of active birders who do is relatively consistent across the eight counties. There may be a slightly lower percentage who use it in the northeast, but that is just my gut feeling and not based on statistical evidence.
Number of checklists submitted to eBird for CT in January: 6,532 Percent from Fairfield County = 28.7% Percent from New Haven County = 20.4% Percent from Hartford County = 16.9% Percent from New London County = 12.2% Percent from Litchfield County = 7.8% Percent from Middlesex County = 6.6% Percent from Tolland County = 5.4% Percent from Windham County = 1.9%
From this it is quite obvious that the southwest of CT sees the most birding activity with very nearly half of all submitted checklists coming from Fairfield and New Haven counties. This data is consistent with the past history of birding in CT. Personally I’m biased to birding my home county (surprise surprise!) and with the exception of Patrick Dugan’s Mew Gull (thanks Pat!) my January list is entirely from New London County (otherwise known as the outlands!) Well done everyone, and here’s to 2019 being a great year of birding in Connecticut.