Date: 7/31/20 7:42 pm
From: robert emond <robert.emond2015...>
Subject: Re: [GABO-L] Congratulations to Wes Hatch and James White!!!
Wow!! Congrats you guys 🥳🥳🥳 Thats an amazing accomplishment and
milestone.

Robert Emond
Lowndes

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 8:26 PM Clyde Holler <clydeholler...> wrote:

> Wonderful news. Wow!
> ‎
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
> Original Message
> From: Mark McShane
> Sent: Friday, July 31, 2020 8:12 PM
> To: <GABO-L...>
> Reply To: Mark McShane
> Subject: [GABO-L] Congratulations to Wes Hatch and James White!!!
>
> Hi All,
>
> Amazingly, it's only been about two months since we last held this
> ceremony for Jim Hanna!
>
> Super Congratulations go to Wes Hatch and James White who both worked very
> hard these past years (since catching the Georgia county birding bug) and
> just finished getting to at least 50 species experienced in Every Georgia
> County this past Sunday (Wes) and Monday (James)!!
>
> This is a very significant Georgia birding and county birding
> accomplishment and milestone (especially since Georgia has 159 counties,
> second only to Texas) and indicates a very unique and high level of birding
> dedication, as well as other special traits, in Wes and James!
>
> Well Done Guys!
>
> ---
>
> Reprint from two months ago:
>
> One certainly learns a lot about birding in Georgia, and in each Georgia
> county, and of Georgia itself, by even getting at least one birding
> checklist completed in each and every Georgia county (that's how it started
> for me), or by then going on to meeting a same minimum number of bird
> species experienced for each Georgia county! It's a lot of fun, excitement,
> and satisfying work, to research and plan how you're going to travel and
> try to see the most bird species you can in any given county, or set of
> given counties, in a day, a weekend, a week, or for any given time period,
> and then to execute that plan possibly contending with the weather, the
> birding times of day, the managing of the scheduling and your time,
> navigating and traveling the roads and trails, accessing chosen sites,
> habitats, and the current conditions. Your success accomplishing your
> county birding goals for a given trip is mostly up to how good your plan is
> for the day, and how you executed it, or adapted it on the fly (sometimes,
> for example, a new rare bird chase can interrupt your plan). It can be very
> challenging and rewarding on a personal level, and to accomplish and to
> share with others. Possibly quite different from a set trip to say a single
> known birding destination where you know what to expect. The more county
> birding you do the better you get at it, and thus hopefully the more data
> to gather, and the more feats and exploits to enjoy and remember. Georgia
> having 159 counties ensures that there will be enough county birding
> available to last a lifetime here in our state!
>
> County birders locate great birding spots in counties that are
> under-birded and often are able to get new hotspots added to eBird in
> counties with very few or no known hotspots, thus putting that county more
> on the birding map so to speak, and there are a lot of relatively
> under-birded counties and areas in Georgia. There is a lot of birding good
> to be had having county birders out constantly exploring and documenting
> their many, and sometimes surprising, finds around the state in such great,
> comprehensive, and publicly available detail as they capture in their many
> eBird checklists. Every county birder I know uses eBird!
>
> I guess I'm going to keep trying to resist the temptation to try for at
> least 50 (or beyond) in every Georgia county but the bug may bite again,
> thankfully 30 (achieved in 2017) is still somehow a very safe and
> satisfying, if small, number to be content with right now with many
> documented checklists and great Georgia birding memories. Well, if you've
> ever been bitten by the county birding bug, it's just that you keep birding
> around, and you keep birding around, and the numbers keep piling up, and
> then you realize maybe that, hey, I've got a lot of counties under 50, but
> that are over 40, and so you reason it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to
> try to push on to see a new higher minimum number of birds in every Georgia
> county, and 50 is such a nice round number, and it wouldn't be too hard to
> get there, and so it goes... to maybe, shall we say, what can be somewhat
> habit-forming county birding.
>
> Don't laugh and snicker! You could be next! County birding all 159 Georgia
> counties can start (even without your knowledge) very innocently enough and
> appear quite innocuous at first, but can prove to be either a fast as a
> whirlwind descent, or a slow and seductive process (or anywhere in between)
> on down the slippery slope into Full-Blown County Birding. By the time you
> know it, it's too late, you've already changed: You're a Georgia County
> Birder
>
> County birding can be very contagious as well, that's what happened to me,
> I caught it from others, even if it does seem to be in remission currently,
> does it ever really go away? Many county birders may not be very public
> about their, er, condition, so keep a very close eye on your birding
> friends or you could easily catch it too when you least expect it. A
> typical sure sign, for example, is if, say, you are birding with some folks
> and the second you cross any county line they start declaring cardinals,
> thrashers, and mockingbirds, and frantically asking each other if they have
> those for the county! Whaaat?!! They may be county birders, although single
> county birders on their own can sometimes be a little harder to detect.
> Now, all eBirders turn on your eBird Profiles so that logged in eBirders
> everywhere can see how you're doing in any given county, and maybe
> collaborate with you, or offer county birding advice, or...
>
> There I go again, well, I've done my best to try to explain this
> phenomenon a bit for the benefit of the uninitiated, but I don't think I'll
> say more, after all, Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a county birder.
>
> Good Birding All, keep your wits about you, and be very safe out there!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
>
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