Birding in Calhoun County and beyond
Warning "number-nerd" stuff ahead. Going to do a review of my year, the year for Calhoun County and some updates to the data I use from the 8 county South-Central Michigan area from eBird (Branch, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Barry, Eaton, Jackson, Hillsdale and Calhoun).
My goal for the year was to get to 230 birds for lifelist for Calhoun. I managed to do this with the help of an armchair add, and 8 other new birds found this year. The 9 new birds I added to my list were.
The first 3 were all found on the same spot on O DR N in a flooded farm field that Dr. Dale Kennedy first located. Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Black Scoter were firsts for the County. As far as potential County lifers I missed out on last year:
35 birds I go new Earlies dates in 2017, not including the 8 new birds for 2017. 38 birds with new late dates in 2017, not including the 8 new birds for 2017.
Calhoun County had its best eBird year yet with 218 birds reported, 2 more than last year. There were 3 County firsts added over the past year, including the Iceland Gull. I now have the overall list at 274 birds (I think I need to take out Blue Grosbeak and add Passenger Pigeon based on some information I found today). There have been some historical records added to get eBird to 255 birds listed though. So a good year for Calhoun overall.
For data for my area there were 8 new birds added to the eBird data, to bring the total for this area to 309 species. I know the number should be much higher as Kalamazoo Nature Center has over 330 for Kalamazoo alone, but I'm just going off eBird data. Birds added to the dataset:
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)