Another Global Big Day is on the books and it was nothing short of amazing.
Members of Red Rock Audubon had perfect weather to venture out as teams and individuals to count as many species of birds they could within a 24 hour period on May 4, 2019. Team Gambelin' Quails - Paul Rodriguez, Justin Streit and Zane Marshall - recorded 143 species making them the first place finisher in
the friendly club competition over last year's winner, The Famed Ducks. Coming in second with 136 species observed, The Famed Ducks - Brandon Miller, Ben Zyla and Jason Pietrzak - made a great effort but were unable to maintain their first place finish which they held the past two years. Team Crow Magnum, whose members include Doug Chang, Jim Roombos and Dave Bradford, took third place in this friendly competition with 105 recorded species.
Team Walker - Jody and Dave - recorded 85 species and our members out in Pahrump came together as Team Discovery Park to survey the inhabitants of Discovery Park, reporting 33 species. The Grateful Redheads, Andrea and Troy Wirth, observed 25 species visiting places where they were unlikely to encounter
other birders on a Global Big Day quest.
Some RRAS members struck out on their own as individuals. Neil McDonal reported 39 species. Steve MacArthur reported 31 species.
Unable to compete on May 4th, last year's Old Coots - Rita Schlagater, Neil McDonal and Karen McDonal - teamed up on May 5th and observed 94 species. While their numbers are not included for Global Big day purposes, their effort and enjoyment of birding is duly noted.
Red Rock Audubon members were the 8 top eBirders in Nevada. A total of 177 species were recorded in Clark County, the most of any county in Nevada.
Worldwide, the number of participants was 34,079 who filed 89,623 eBird checklists. Total species recorded worldwide: a whopping 6,898!
Again, Colombia recorded the most species with a count of 1,591. Not too surprising as Colombia is home to the most species of birds. The top nine countries regarding species counts are in Central and South America with the USA tenth on the list with 722 species.
Please join us in celebrating Global Big Day 2019 at our RRAS monthly Birds and Beer get-together on June 13th at 6:30 pm. The location is Astronomy Aleworks, 7350 Eastgate Road, Henderson, NV, 89011.