Big days for our writers
World Series of Birding win, single-day record tied
Published: June 22, 2012
Regular BirdWatching contributors Pete Dunne, Marshall Iliff, and Chris Wood and their birding pals tallied impressive single-day species totals this spring.
Pete was the captain of Team Zeiss, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, which won the 29th annual World Series of Birding on May 12. The team, including Tom Reed, Will Russell, and Luke Seitz, found 207 species during the 24-hour competition in New Jersey.
On April 27, Marshall and Chris, eBird project leaders and two of our “On the Move” contributors, joined fellow Cornell Lab of Ornithology birders Jessie Barry, Andrew Farnsworth, and Tim Lenz in Texas in an attempt to break the North American Big Day record they had set in 2011.
Despite a time-consuming flat tire during a chase for a Chihuahuan Raven and rush-hour traffic in Houston, the team, also sponsored by Zeiss, managed to tie its own record of 264 species. That works out to one new species every five and a half minutes, all day long.