Hi David!

Another thing I wanted to ask - do you keep a record of mileage and hours spent on your Big Year quest? It would be interesting to know how many miles-per-bird and birds-per-hour and how many driving hours versus birding hours it takes for an undertaking like this.

Roy Peterson
Volusia County
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Simpson 
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  Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2001 8:56 PM
  Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Progress report BIG Year 2001.

  Some of you have asked, and I am always willing to oblige if I can.  The
  current total is 255.  I set a few goals for the fun of it this year.

  1)  100 species in the first day.  I barely got this one.  100 even.
  2)  200 species in January.   Blew this one away.  242 by the 31st.  I could
  have gotten 250, but it was more important to look for rarities than get
  stakeouts that will be there in the summer (Miami exotics, etc.)
  3)  300 by Memorial Day.  I'm pretty sure I can get this one, unless I bomb
  this spring.
  4)  350 native species total.  This means without starlings, rock doves,
  parrots, etc.

  Obviously #4 is the hardest.

  Some of the highlights so far have been the hummingbirds, Purple finch, Pine
  siskin, Dickcissel, Red-throated loon, Warbling vireo, White-faced ibis,
  Yellow-faced grassquit, Brown-crested flycatcher.

  I am missing a few winter type birds so far:  Saltmarsh sharp-tailed, Lark
  and Henslow's sparrow.  Pacific loon, not many of them this year.  Surf and
  White-winged scoter, Brown creeper, and Dark-eyed junco are no shows so far.

  The sandman is catching up to me now, so I'll have to sign off.

  David Simpson
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  Sebastian, FL