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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 17:36   #1
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How Many Lists Do You Keep?

I consider myself a fairly obsessive lister, keeping a total of 19 lists. They include my Word/Life List, North America/ABA Area List, Holarctic Region List, Palearctic Region List, Oriental Region List, Neotropical Region List, Africa List, Asia List, Europe List, South America List, Caribbean List, Indiana List, Arizona List, California List, Colorado List, Florida List, Illinois List, Year List, and a Subspecies/"Escrow" List.

I only keep state lists for those states where I've lived or birded extensively, and plan on returning to someday.

So how many lists do you keep?

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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 17:52   #2
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Wow, Dave! I guess you would have to keep so many lists if you bird in so many places. I keep just three lists; a life list, local patch list, and a house list.
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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 18:01   #3
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UK Life List
UK Year List
UK Self-found Life List
UK Self-found Year List
Bedfordshire Life List
Bedfordshire Year List
Bedfordshire Self-found Life List
Bedfordshire Self-found Year List
Cambridgeshire Life List
Cambridgeshire Year List
Cambridgeshire Self-found Life List
Cambridgeshire Self-found Year List
Norfolk Life List
Sweden Life List
Patch 1 Life List
Patch 1 Year List
Patch 1 Self-found Life List
Patch 1 Self-found Year List
Patch 2 Life List
Patch 2 Year List
Patch 2 Self-found Life List
Patch 2 Self-found Year List
Birdforum Members Met List

23?! Me obsessive? nooooooooo!!

Inadvertantly, I've just made another! A List of my Lists!
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WELL...I COULD attempt to beat Darren's 23 but modesty forbids LOL I only keep

1. Life List
2. Year List
3. Northumberland List
4. Garden List
5. Patch List
6. Walking to shops for morning paper List (not as dull as it may first seem as I have to go down a big hill, through a village, around a farmyard,down a road past pond and then along a winding country lane! There and back is about five miles and takes a good hour & half IF i don't take bins with me and just walk steadily!...otherwise three hours LOL)

Think that's it...what a boring birder I must be LOL

Oh, just thought of another one that I could start to keep...Birds Seen Whilst On Driving Lesson List!!! Though, on second thoughts,perhaps not...could be too distracting and a mite dangerous

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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 18:26   #5
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At my level, one list pretty much covers all the info. But I am going to start a year list in 2005. I expect to see about 100 species, so I am not really going at it very seriously, the year list.

A diary might be more fun to keep, as my current one is pretty messy, loose leaf pages in a binder.
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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 18:42   #6
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I keep two lists of birds seen--a life list, and a year list. I don't get to travel enough to keep lists for different states/countries.

I also have a wish list of birds I hope to see. The wish list always has 14 birds on it, and every time I see a species on this list, it is replaced by another.
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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 18:44   #7
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Oh, almost forgot, I also have a list of birds seen out the window of the office where I work. This is very modest, only 13 species.
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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 22:00   #8
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Well lets see......
World Lifelist
Aba Lifelist
Aba Yearlist
Texas Lifelist
Texas Yearlist
Henderson County Lifelist
Henderson County Yearlist
Navarro County Lifelist
Navarro County Yearlist
Local Patch Lifelist
Local Patch Yearlist
Yard List
At Feeder List
From Car list

For a grand total of 14. Anything less is just uncivilized.
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Old Monday 13th December 2004, 22:06   #9
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Don't keep a list, just memmories in me head.
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Old Friday 11th February 2005, 21:13   #10
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Don't keep a list, just memmories in me head.
ah yes, you can never lose the memories.
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Old Friday 11th February 2005, 21:18   #11
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ER... Yes you CAN lose the memories! Or at least, they blur together after a while! Without my field notes and 'big logs', I'd never remember where I first saw which bird! But then I have got logs going back to 1958!
I keep the following:
Life List (UK only!)
Norfolk List
France List
Seen from boats list! (That's my fave!)
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Old Friday 11th February 2005, 21:26   #12
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A life list only.

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Old Saturday 12th February 2005, 01:10   #13
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world life list

and that's in my head

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Old Saturday 12th February 2005, 04:23   #14
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Good old Tim!
Bet you can't remember EVERY bird! Erm......... Where did you see your first Black Tern, say?
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Old Saturday 12th February 2005, 19:20   #15
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British list.
year list.
county list.
4 local patch lists.
month list.
birds found on my own.
back garden list.
1st of Jan list

a grand total of 11, any more would be excessive!
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Old Wednesday 16th February 2005, 12:23   #16
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Old Wednesday 16th February 2005, 12:45   #17
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I have a Life List subdivided into UK and the three counties I have lived in (Lancashire, Gwynedd and Bedfordshire) and a year list. The subdivisions on my life list are somewhat arbitrary because I was born in Bury, Lancashire and it has now become Bury, Greater Manchester and the counties of North Wales have been revised yet again.

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Old Wednesday 16th February 2005, 12:57   #18
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Lists can't beat good field notes. Reading a list is like looking at a table of contents.
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Old Friday 11th March 2005, 13:10   #20
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What about a target list? I have a list of all the not-so-rare stuff that I desperately want to see but somehow continues to elude me such as Brambling, Hawfinch, Merlin............. Hopefully this list will continue to shorten - or will I be tempted to add more and more uncommon species?
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Old Saturday 12th March 2005, 01:39   #21
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Lists can't beat good field notes. Reading a list is like looking at a table of contents.
No reason why you can't have both. I have field notebooks going back to 1980 and wish I had kept the earlier ones. Your field notes are essential to update your lists when anything is split. And as for lists, I live up to my name. This year I am keeping the following...

World (Life and Year)
Eurasia L
WP LY
Europe LY
Britain LY
Leics LY
Lincs LY
Yorks LY
(+ L lists for all but four other English Counties)
Rutland Water L
Swithland Res L
(+ L lists for eight Yorkshire sites)
Africa L
Asia L
N America L
C America L
S America L
Caribbean L
ABA area L
AOU area L
(+state L lists for five US states)
Afrotropics L
Middle East L
Macronesia L
Atlantic Ocean L
Indian sub-continent L
(+ country L lists for all the countries I have visited - maybe 60)

That's about 150.

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Old Saturday 12th March 2005, 13:40   #22
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I have only a year list(which i started in April instead of January so now I am on a funny birding year! ) and an ABA life list. I haven't really birded out of the USA so right now I don't really need a world life list.(One day....) I used to have a month list going, but I got tired of righting down alot of the same species every month so I stopped doing that.lol
I liked looking at everyones different kinds of lists! I never really thought of doing somthing like a garden list. Maybe I'll start another!
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Old Saturday 12th March 2005, 17:36   #23
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Let's see

life list
North America ABA list
state lists where I bird most often
list of what I see at home
UK list
Norway list
Sweden list
travel list or trip list of special places I have been to (i.e. St. Lucia)

Then I also have my Mom's list. This is the list my family kept up from family vacations (wayyyy back then). Every time I find one from her list I check it off. Still several to go.

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Old Wednesday 23rd March 2005, 18:32   #24
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Out of all you lot who keep many lists, which is the most important to you?
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Old Wednesday 23rd March 2005, 23:37   #25
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Mmm...hard question! I would have once said Life List BUT I'm having sooo much fun this year with my Year List and keeping a close eye on my new ticks to add on here...it's added a bit more fun to my birding!
For example, today (well, yesterday as it's gone midnight!), I went along to Cresswell Pond as I'd heard about a Spoonbill and a Lapland Bunting being seen there. But I missed both!!! If I was only obsessed with my Life List I would have been REALLY disappointed but since I added five new birds to my Year List I'm not! LOL
Still aiming to reach the Magic 200 by the end of the year though! I'm currently on 172 so just 28 to go! I've made a list of birds I WANT and where I have to go and, if things work out according to the list, I should do it...JUST!!! It's just a little challenge for myself to aim for.

Having said that, I don't JUST keep lists....I write up my diary every night of anything in the natural world...flowers,insects, mammals etc. And my main file has more detail and pictures. Beginning to think I'm getting a bit obsessive...in a nice way LOL

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