Friday, August 3, 2007

Now That's A Lot of Birds!

August 9 Update: Peter now has 8,108 species, thanks to the latest, 6th edition of Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. It includes some species "splits," when one previously recognized species is divided into two or more, and a few "lumps," when two or more previously recognized species are "lumped" into one.

A quick congrats to our dear friend, Peter Kaestner, on seeing his 8,100th bird! Actually, 8,102.

Peter is a great birder (and lister, obviously), diplomat and family man. He is currently the senior U.S. consular officer in India and #4 on the all-time world life list. (That includes the late Pheobe Snetsinger).

Peter's 8,100th bird was a rare Lesser Florican.


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Larry said...

So I only need about 7,870 to catch him!-No sweat.-Of course I'll need a little cash and a lot of understanding from my wife first.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

And of course, the more birds you get, the harder it gets at some point to find new ones. I'm at a mere 575 or so...!
- W