I've written some observations about my 2019 Five-mile Radius local birding, about 2500 words including a list of birds I expected to see contrasted with the list of birds I actually did see. If you have insomnia and would like to receive a copy by return email, just let me know and I'll send you a Word document by email.
I was often alerted to the presence of local rarities by San Luis Obispo County birders, and I thank you all for sharing your information in a timely manner, and for your interest in my 5MR project.
Here's the Reader's Digest version summarizing my birding within five miles of the house last year:
· Number of days birding in the 5MR: 194, probably averaging two and a half hours a day when birding;
· Gallons of gasoline consumed in the 194 days: about two (I drove the 5MR in my Chevy Volt, averaging about 28 miles a day when birding away from Deer Canyon. The Volt is nuclear-powered thanks to Diablo Canyon, with an effective electric range of 36 miles.);
· Number of species seen: 224 (I set par at 221 in January 2019);
· Number of target list species missed: 19;
· Number of species seen not on the target list: 22;
· Number of species represented by only one individual seen: 34;
· Number of species reported by others within the 5MR but missed: 4 (Red-necked Grebe, Franklin’s Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Nashville Warbler);
· Number of species heard only: 1 (Western Screech Owl).