For the third consecutive year, Kern County has
won the America's Birdiest Inland County
competition with 247 species of birds. This Kern
County species total was also surprisingly close
behind the top counts overall in the United
States which were all California (2+) or Texas (1) coastal counties.
The America's Birdiest Inland County competition
has been held for four years. 2003-2005 marked
the first three years of this competition. The
rules during those three competitions allowed for
individuals to submit their highest 24
consecutive hour species count within the
scheduled 48 hour count period. The 2003 winner
was Cochise County, AZ. In 2004, Kern County won
with 232 species. In 2005, Kern County won with
226 species. In 2006 all species observed by any
birder in Kern County in the 72 consecutive hours
scheduled for the effort were counted. The
increase in overall consecutive count hours from
48 to 72 and counts submitted by individuals from
24 to 72 hours almost surely were the most likely
reasons for the dramatic increase in species to
247 from the previous high of 232 species in 2004.
Regardless, thanks to the seventy-eight
participants in the 2006 Kern County America's
Birdiest Inland County competition held the
seventy-two consecutive hour period 7pm,
Thursday, April 27 through 7pm, Sunday, April 30, 2006. .
FYI: I have pasted into the text of this e-mail a
portion of Phil Pryde's announcement of the
official results for all categories in the 2006 ABC/C competition.
Here is text from Phil's message:
Here are the official results for the 2006 ABC/C
competition! (Sorry about the late posting.)
Congratulations to Los Angeles, Corpus Christi,
and all the other winners in the various categories!
Americas Birdiest City and County Competition - 2006 results!
It took a while, but we now have all the
results from the all the far-flung participants
in the 2006 competition for the titles of
Americas Birdiest City, and Americas Birdiest
County. Here are this springs results, together
with hearty congratulations to the 2006 winners in each category.
The overall City winner was Corpus Christi,
with a new city record of 247 species (OK, Tex,
were impressed!); the overall County winner was Los Angeles with 265.
Categories: City Species identified:
Large Coastal City Corpus Christi, TX 247
Large East Coast City New York, NY 193
Large West Coast City San Diego, CA 179
Large Inland City San Antonio, TX 195 [a]
Small Coastal City Dauphin Island, AL 170
Small Inland City Duluth, MN 147
Categories: County Species identified:
Coastal County winner Los Angeles, CA 265 [b]
Coastal Gulf County Nueces County, TX 255
Coastal Atlantic County Richmond County, NY 160 [c]
Inland County winner Kern County, CA 247
Inland County, Central flyway Bexar County, TX 205 [d]
Inland County, Atlantic flyway (all
Eastern entrants were coastal big opportunity here!)
[a] Second place for a large inland city = Chicago with 172 species.
[b] Second place for a coastal county = San Diego with 261 species.
[c] Second place, Atlantic coast county =
Kings (Brooklyn) at 157; third place was
Washington County (Maine), with 152.
[d] Second place in the hotly contested
Inland County, Central flyway division was Cook
County IL with 191; third place was St. Louis
County, Minnesota with 189; and fourth was Lake
County, IL, a first-time entrant, with 171.
As most of you already know, this will be
the last year that Ill be coordinating the ABC/C
competition. In 2007, the reins will be turned
over to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary
committee, who have enthusiastically volunteered
to carry on the ABC/C in the future. As noted,
the contact there is Mike Wilson at
. Thanks Mike, and everyone at Dauphin Island.
Congratulations again to all the winners, and
thanks to everyone who has participated over the
years. Ive had a grand time working with the
competition, and hope you have too.
Very best wishes and good
birding, Phil Pryde, San Diego Audubon Society
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