Barbara Carlson record San Diego year: 387 species
- Barbara Carlson has ended 2013 with a phenomenal 387 species in San
Diego County. This is not only a new record for this county (former
record was ca. 370), but it is undoubtedly a single-year record for any
county in the U.S./Canada. Barbara was aided by an excellent
rarity-winter of 2012-2013, good shorebirds in late summer, LOTS of time
spent offshore throughout the year racking up a long list of tough
pelagic species, a reasonably productive autumn filling in holes,
and--most of all--pure diligence! A testament to her long list was the
fact that very recent findings of species such as a new Blue-headed
Vireo, Bay-breasted and Black-throated Green Warblers, Painted Redstart,
Orchard Orioles, and even a Masked/Nazca Booby added no new
species.....she'd seen them all already earlier in the year! Her only
new bird since Thanksgiving was the Oceanside Glaucous Gull.
In the near future, Barbara will make a list of all the rarities she saw
in the county this year, with the date, location, and other observers
who saw them with her, and will make that document available to anyone
interested. When ready, she will post news of its existence on this
The list of high-quality rarities she saw in San Diego County in 2013 is
too long to give here in its entirety, but here are some of the best of
Guadalupe and Craveri's Murrelets
Great Crested Flycatcher
Grace's, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-thr Green, Prairie, Mourning Warblers
And what were her biggest "misses"?? Long-eared Owl, Ancient
Murrelet....the Le Conte's Sparrow, Sandwich Tern, and multiple 'dips'
on Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Who's next to try??!
--Paul Lehman, San Diego
- Congratulations Barbara on an outstanding achievement!
Pacific Grove CA