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new all-time county year list record in 2021

new all-time county year list record in 2021
By – 5:51 am
In 2021, Matt Sadowski recorded 398 species in San Diego County. This sets a new one-year record for not only San Diego but for ANY single county in the United States. This total includes only those exotic species broadly agreed to be properly established in the state, not any of those additional species that appear on lots of eBird lists, etc., that are provisional species not shown to yet be established or that are clearly escapes. (Matt also does not presently count the “Eastern Towhee” at Jacumba, awaiting that record’s adjudication. And a couple additional exotic species that he has seen are currently being deliberated by the CBRC for possible addition to the state list.) Matt set not only a new record in 2021, but was out finding many of the birds himself. He freely admitted that this Big Year birding is not his style and that he would rather be out exploring and finding stuff than chasing stakeout after stakeout–but such is what is needed to set new records! A new record in San Diego County has been set three different times in just the recent past. A few years ago by Barbara Carlson at 387, and then in 2020 by Nancy Christensen at 393. And in 2021, several additional birders also worked very seriously on a San Diego County year list and ended up in the upper 380s and low 390s.Congratulations to Matt!–Paul Lehman, San Diego