At the onset of February, fellow Utah Birder Carl Ingwell challenged other Utah Birders to submit as many eBird checklists as possible during the month of February. February is typically a slow month for birding in Utah, so this is quite a challenge. Well here it is and the final week of February is upon us and as of this morning Utah sits at 24th in terms of most checklists submitted for the month--that's one spot higher than we were at the beginning of the month. So what happened? I thought for sure we would jump into maybe 16th, or 13th--but to no avail we remain at the bottom of the top 25. Like BYU during their luckiest of Football seasons, or Utah during an off year, we jsut couldn't move up in the rankings.
But alas, it doesn't matter--it's just a silly challenge. I took it to heart though (As Barnabus Stinson
would say, "Challenge Accepted"!) and made it my goal to submit as many checklists as possible this month. As of right now that's 181 checklists in the past 23 days.
That's just under 1/2 as many as I submitted in all 0f 2011. And because of Carl's challenge I'm sitting somewhere near the top of the list for submitted checklists in Utah this year... well take a look for yourself:
I'm not exactly killing it in the species department--but in the checklists department I am having a Ted Williams'esque run. Well Utah Birders, with just a week to go it looks like there is some major catching up to be done--so challenge on--beat me and I will throw in an extra prize to whatever Carl had in mind!
But I'm not going down without a fight--I am going to submit at least 10 checklists a day till the end of the month (that's at least 60 more for those who aren't aware of the date).
Good eBirding to all--get out there and get those checklists entered.
Labels: competitive birding, eBird