Birdcouple likes to keep tabs on our good friend Peter Kaestner, diplomat and birder extraordinaire. Peter and family are currently posted at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Peter got his first lifer of the year on January 12, an Indian Scops Owl.
That was life bird # 8,142. Yes, you read that right. 8, 142.
Peter, who has found most of his birds by himself and discovered a new species of antpitta in Colombia, is believed to be third among all living birders in his life list......
While we're on the subject of worldwide bird listing, two British birders, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, are trying to break the record for the most birds seen in a calendar year, which stands at 3,662. Check them out at The Biggest Twitch. (They are currently at 487). Oops, make that 708, now. ...We wish them well, and are glad they are also raising funds to support conservation. (We are also very, very jealous).