Date: 1/10/21 4:41 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: 2020 Big Years in NC
We all noted that a few birders were doing Big Years in NC (and maybe also in SC) last year, based on several comments and also from the numerous times Person X was jumping across the state chasing rarities! However, no one has stepped forward to say anything yet about their final tallies and exploits, at least on this listserve -- nor on ABA Listing Central or on the CBC HomePage (more about that in a moment). So, I wondered -- where might I or we find these totals of 2020?
So, I queried eBird, under theTop 100 tab. I clicked North Carolina and 2020, and was able to get the # of species many of us tallied on our eBird lists in NC in 2020. For me and many others, that would not represent our FULL totals, as I'm sure some of us saw some additional species we didn't bother making out an eBird list for. But, for folks PURPOSEFULLY doing a Big Year, I assume they wanted to use eBird to tally their lists.
Now, for the good stuff. Prior to 2020, the highest Big Years seem to be a tie between Jamie Adams (2018) and Derb Carter (2008) -- *351 *species. Their totals AND full species lists are found on the Carolina Bird Club home page; go to the green *Features* tab, scroll all the way to the bottom, and click on *More articles and reports* .... There, click on *State Big Years in the Carolinas*, and then *North Carolina*, to see the only two people who have placed their lists for public viewing (nobody in SC yet). Note also that they gave the dates when each species was first seen.
As for 2020: Here are the Top 3 lists on eBird:
*Steven Howell 359* !! A new record by a whopping 8 species. Congrats! David Fischer 340 Ed Corey 330
Some of you, at least Steven, might want to put your complete list on the CBC website (email Kent Fiala, the CBC webmaster about that), so we can see what species you got and what you might have missed (though misses can be hard to spot if the list is indeed in chronological order from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.)
At any rate, Steven saw 359 of the approximately: 471 Definitive 12 Provisional 6? new in 2020 489 total species -- about 73% of the total NC species in one calendar year!
Good luck to you folks trying a Big Year in 2021! It's gonna take 360 or more to get a new record!
Harry LeGrand Raleigh
P.S. I would NEVER even consider doing a Big Year! After the first "rarity chase" miss in January, I would quit!