Birders keep lists for all sorts of reasons. Some of it is competition, to be sure, as in - I'm #1 in bird species in Maryland this year, or I've photographed more species of birds in Tuvalu than anyone!!!
But there are other, more altruistic reasons, as well. Bird records help us keep track of when migratory species arrive and leave each year, and whether that is changing, and to record shifts in bird populations. They also make sure rare birds are properly noted and verified.
Finally, bird records serve as memories. Warren recently had the pleasure of shifting the bulk of his records from a program named AviSys (which he still uses for specialty records, like our Appalachian Trail bird list) to eBird. Birdcouple was able to relive past birding trips to the Florida Keys, Namibia, India, Arizona and elsewhere.
The bottom line? Warren has seen 1,056 of the world's approximately 10,000 bird species, with records of at least one bird in more than 30 countries. Lovely Lisa is not far behind, with about 900 species.
Photo by Glen Tepke
Warren's 1000th bird was a Gray-lined Hawk, soaring over the Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panama City, Panama. What a great Millennium Bird.!!
That's all for now. Gotta go find more birds....