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Barbara Carlson record San Diego year: 387 species

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  • Paul Lehman
    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),
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 31, 2013
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      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
      listserve.

      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
      the best:
      Red-necked Grebe
      Flesh-footed Shearwater
      Great Shearwater
      Manx Shearwater
      Masked/Nazca Booby
      Blue-footed Booby
      Lesser Sand-Plover
      Wilson's Plover
      Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
      Franklin's Gull
      Glaucous Gull
      Guadalupe and Craveri's Murrelets
      Inca Dove
      Black Swift
      Broad-billed Hummingbird
      Great Crested Flycatcher
      Thick-billed Kingbird
      Blue-headed Vireo
      Yellow-green Vireo
      Gray Catbird
      Grace's, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-thr Green, Prairie, Mourning Warblers
      Painted Redstart
      Nelson's Sparrow
      Harris's Sparrow
      Scarlet Tanager
      Bronzed Cowbird
      Orchard Oriole

      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.

      Again, congratulations!

      Who's next to try??!

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    • Don Roberson
      Congratulations Barbara on an outstanding achievement! Don Roberson Pacific Grove CA http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 31, 2013
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        Congratulations Barbara on an outstanding achievement!

        Don Roberson
        Pacific Grove CA
        http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/
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