Date: 1/1/21 5:12 pm
From: David Muth <muthd...>
Subject: Re: [labird] New EBR Big Year Record

That is astonishing. In 2004 there was an informal statewide competition for Parish Year lists. I am sure someone compiled the final totals.

In Orleans, Phillip Wallace and I had a friendly competition which I won with 283 out of (I believe) 289 species see in Orleans Parish that year. Phillip was a couple of species behind me. To get so close to that effort by Dan in a parish with no tidewater is amazing.

I am slowly entering my 2004 day lists into Ebird. I am almost finished the first week of April.

David Muth
New Orleans

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From: <labird...> <labird...> On Behalf Of Matt Brady via
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2021 6:59 PM
To: LABIRD <labird...>
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.

Once again, congrats Dan!

Matt Brady
Baton Rouge

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