First posted on 24 March 2020, and we plan to update this at least each quarter.
Nearly a quarter of the year is already over, and our team has logged almost a quarter of the world’s bird species in that time during our tours! We started our team eBird account back in December and have been excited to see how many species we can record while on Birding Ecotours tours from 1 January through 31 December 2020 (and future years). On our tours we pride ourselves on achieving high species lists while also taking the time to really enjoy the birds we are seeing (we do not feel these are mutually exclusive endeavors; kindly see https://www.birdingecotours.com/about-birding-ecotours/makes-us-different/).
So far in 2020 we’ve completed very successful tours to eight different countries (India, Thailand, USA, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Africa, Colombia, and Guyana) and have logged 2231 species of birds while on tour! Sadly our March Jamaica tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We did get in some amazing back-to-back trips, though, for example Dylan guided three back-to-back India trips covering a large part of that country, and Andy did similar for Thailand.
We’ve also been quite busy since starting this account several months back with now 3141 lifer species. Below is a map to show all the countries we’ve visited since this fun tracking journey began.
These numbers use Clements taxonomy; so they are arguably a bit more conservative than those who use IOC or other lists.
We are curious to know how many species you think our team will end up with for 2020? Plenty more traveling to be done and birds to be seen! We’d love it if you joined in on the fun of seeing some of these species and amazing countries. Also please reach out if you have questions regarding eBird. It is a great tool to help track your personal lists.