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Biggest Year in Central America Birding (1 Viewer)

Nohatch

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For all those with Biggest Year withdrawal symptoms:

http://www.findingbirdsincentralamerica.com/

A long awaited project finally begins! The Central America Bird Race is a non-profit initiative intended to motivate visitors from all over the world to turn their eyes towards Central America and especially to use the presence of the most famous countries in favor of the least popular ones.

This friendly competition involves two avid birdwatchers, Juan Diego Vargas and Ernest M. Carman, trying to see as many species of birds as possible in a calendar year within the countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. We will be focusing our efforts birding off the beaten path precisely to bring attention to the fantastic, not so well known birding sites in Central America.

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2017 we will begin our journey, sometimes on separate paths and sometimes together, a journey no one has attempted before.


Enjoy :)

Joost
 
Anyone got a projected total?

I see reports from Costa Rica which amass almost 400 species in three weeks so a year may yield double that? There is considerable overlap in places so I don't expect an enormous total, pure guess 2K?


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In eBird:-

http://ebird.org/ebird/region/ca
1,206 species recorded
949 highest lister

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2016
2016 Highest Lister - 740

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2015
2015 Highest Lister - 764

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2014
2014 Highest Lister - 935

The last may be someone putting in their life list rather than a year list?

All the best
 
In eBird:-

http://ebird.org/ebird/region/ca
1,206 species recorded
949 highest lister

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2016
2016 Highest Lister - 740

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2015
2015 Highest Lister - 764

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInfo.regionType=custom&locInfo.regionCode=ca&year=2014
2014 Highest Lister - 935

The last may be someone putting in their life list rather than a year list?

All the best

Paul,

935 in 2014 was just about 6 months on the nose travelling and birding from Belize to Panama. Could have run up the numbers more, easily, but it was not the first trip to the area and the birding was more focused on specific species and missed plenty already seen in Mexico and on prior trips and did not do much pursuing shorebirds.

I should think 1100+ range is certainly doable. A really exhaustive effort will not struggle too much to get maybe 96-98% of the resident birds (perhaps excepting a couple really tough species like Gray-headed Piprites, Glow-throated Hummingbird, and the Tacarcuna WQ and Tapaculo). This will require a couple trips into the Darien and a thorough itinerary of course. Running up the numbers after that will need to focus on some pelagic trips and looking for the scarce migrants and wintering birds, of course passerines but particularly shorebirds.
 
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Hah, I had no intention of setting any records.

I would almost have to assume that someone has bettered that record, and handily, but I have no idea honestly.

I wish Juan-Diego and Ernest all the luck, suerte hermanos y muchos pajaros buenos!!!!
 
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