Date: 1/1/21 4:59 pm From: Matt Brady <podoces...> Subject: [labird] New EBR Big Year Record
Hello all. I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a big congratulations to Dan Lane, who has set a new East Baton Rouge Parish Big Year record!! He ended the year with a Black-headed Grosbeak in his yard, not only a fantastic yard bird, but also a fourth Parish record. This was his 276th species for the year, which is pretty amazing considering he didn't even really start actively searching out year birds until sometime this summer, when I pointed out that he had already surpassed any previous EBR year high count (208 in eBird in 2015). Furthermore, he missed a fair amount of the first few months of the year as, pre-pandemic (remember those times?? It was less than a year ago!), he was leading birding tours in Peru. So, this is an especially impressive total. 276 also ranks as one of the highest big year totals for any Louisiana parish, rivaled only by a few efforts by Paul Conover in Cameron.