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Birds!

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

January 1, 2021

Antonelli Pond, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz county, California, USA

Birds have been my passion in the natural world since they first seduced me in 1985, with my spark bird, the White-tailed Kite (honorable mention, sort of like John-the-Baptist, to the Northern Harrier). This page will feature up-to-date statistics of my birding adventures and various bird-related projects in which I participate.

This is a major project, first conceived in 2008, to transpose the previous written site guide for San Mateo County to a more dynamic and editable format for the web. Working with the webmaster for Sequoia Audubon Society, Bill Groll, we debuted the guide in April 2009. The page includes all sorts of useful information, including historical sightings of rarities for each location, and overview guides for regions. I am proud of this one!

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TrueNerd® Bird Statistics for Jennifer Rycenga

as of September 9, 2022

2210 - Life List of Bird Species Seen

 

THE CONTINENTS

North America     1086

South America       775

Africa                      293

Asia                          147

Australia                 115

Europe                     34

Antarctica                00

 

BIRDER-DEFINED AREAS 

AOU Area = 1110 

ABA Area  = 777

ABA Classic = 735

Southern Africa = 293

Central America = 249

Pacific Islands = 101

NATION STATES (and year(s) visited)

USA = 768 (Lower 48 = 721) (continuous)

Brazil = 464 (2022)

Mexico = 318 (various, mostly 2015)

South Africa = 293 (2019)

Ecuador = 280 (2010)

Costa Rica = 248 (2008)

Canada = 156 (various)

Argentina = 149 (2022)

Japan = 143 (1998)

Australia = 115 (2007)

Puerto Rico = 108 (2006)

Japan = 37 (1998)

France = 34 (2009)

El Salvador = 5 (airport birds) (2010)

United Arab Emirates = 5 (airport birds) (2019)

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Campo Flicker, Iguazu Falls, Argentina, July 2022, Bird #2080

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🎣   There are a few ways to reel in the years.

1. Chronological, when speaking of time, is obvious

2. Ascending/descending by achievement, when speaking of birds, is necessary

3. Breakdown by place, when speaking of obsessive list-keeping, is requisite

Bald Eagle, Homer Spit, Alaska, July 2005

"I contemptuously expectorate fish guts upon your rosy-fingered dawn!"

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Chronological

Year-by-Year

 

Year    World  ABA

1995    142      142

1996    157      142

1997    216      208

1998    262      242

1999    285      265

2000    388      354

2001    416      416

2002    495      455

2003    468      410

2004    469      469

2005    521      521

2006    546      500

2007    562      456

2008    722      523

2009    476      454

2010    750      483

2011    504      504

2012    514      514

2013    444      444

2014    524      524

2015    677      486

2016    467      467

2017    468      468

2018    443      443

2019    622      331

2020    272      272

2021    277      277

2022    844      317

2023    256      256

  World Years - Highest to Lowest Descending

  1. 2022    844

  2. 2010    750

  3. 2008    722

  4. 2015    677

  5. 2019    622

  6. 2007    562

  7. 2006    546

  8. 2014    524

  9. 2005    521

  10. 2012    514

  11. 2011    504

  12. 2002    495

  13. 2009    476

  14. 2004    469

  15. 2003    468

  16. 2017    468

  17. 2016    467

  18. 2013    444

  19. 2018    443

  20. 2001    416

  21. 2000    388

  22. 1999    285

  23. 2021    277

  24. 2020    272

  25. 1998    262

  26. 2023    256

  27. 1997    216

  28. 1996    157

  29. 1995    142​

   ABA Area Year Lists - Highest Descending 

note - these are uncorrected for changes in the ABA area; I follow the system in place for the year in question. For the record, I am 100% in favor of the inclusion of Hawai'i in the ABA Area

  1. 2014    524

  2. 2008    523

  3. 2005    521

  4. 2012    514

  5. 2011    504

  6. 2006    500

  7. 2015    486

  8. 2010    483

  9. 2004    469

  10. 2017    468

  11. 2016    467

  12. 2007    456

  13. 2002    455

  14. 2009    454

  15. 2013    444

  16. 2018    443

  17. 2001    416

  18. 2003    410

  19. 2000    354

  20. 2019    331

  21. 2022    317

  22. 2021    277

  23. 2020    272

  24. 1999    265

  25. 2023    256

  26. 1998    242

  27. 1997    208

  28. 1996    142

  29. 1995    142

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