KOOTENAI COUNTY BIRDING BIG YEAR 2016
Compiled by Shirley Sturts
Dr. Stephen Lindsay did a Big Year in 2001. He attempted to see 200 birds in Kootenai County during the year 2001. He tallied up only 199 and on January 1, 2002 he found a Snowy Owl out on Rathdrum Prairie. Had he found it the day before he would have made his 200. This gave me the idea of doing a Kootenai County Big Year as a group. Our first group Kootenai County Big Year was in 2002. We counted 195 species. Our lowest count was 189 species in 2008. We reached our goal of over 200 species in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012. Our highest count was 209 species in 2012.
The idea of doing County Big Years caught on. Twenty-four out of 43 Idaho Counties are doing Big Years this year. The results are posted on www.idahobirds.net. Shoshone, Bonner and Benewah counties are also our Audubon website.
Call Shirley 664-5318 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get credit for being the first to see a species for the year.
KOOTENAI COUNTY BIRD LIST
Checklist Compiled by Dr. Stephen Lindsay
Updated and Big Year by Shirley Sturts
Common - Uncommon = 151
Scarce-Rare = 93
Accidental = 44
Kootenai County Total (seen since 1950) = 287
Historical record only ( h ) (pre-1950) = 6
( c ) COMMON: Found every year, often seasonal, in many areas, in high to moderate numbers and some searching in appropriate areas may be required.
( u ) UNCOMMON: Found every year, often seasonal, in limited areas, in small numbers, and may require repeated search attempts in more specific areas.
( s ) SCARCE: Found most years, but difficult. Either very specialized and local in distribution; difficult to distinguish from similar, more common species;
or only passes through briefly on migration.
( r ) RARE: Not seen every year, mostly irregular, some periodic.
( # ) ACCIDENTAL: Just a few total sightings with a low expectation of being found in the future.
(h) HISTORICAL: date seen before 1949 or earlier
TOTAL SEEN: 210 as of November 19, 2016