Via the Cornell Chronicle, Bird watchers set new record, by submitting over 80,000 checklists, covering some 616 species, covering the U.S. and Canada. That tops the previous high of 61,000 checklists in 2000 by a pretty big margin.
American robins topped the list as the most numerous species counted, with more than 2 million robins reported in 60 states and provinces. Participant Lorraine Margeson estimated a flock of 750,000 robins roosting in a mangrove forest in St. Petersburg, Fla. “In the morning, the robins just pour out of there,” she observed. “It’s spectacular with the sunrise on their red bellies. When you see it, you think this is what makes life worth living.”
This year’s rare birds included five lesser prairie-chickens in Oklahoma and two pink-footed geese in Rhode Island, first records for the GBBC.
Participants also submitted more than 4,000 bird photos. The GBBC online photo gallery shows images from across the continent, including a rock pigeon perched high above New York City and a pink roseate spoonbill taking flight in Houston, Texas.