Two kind of statistics have been shared so far. We know the total number checklists submitted/shared and we also know the number of checklists shared per countries/states. It’s time to talk a little bit about the birds.
How many shorebird species have been seen during the World Shorebirds Day?
As of writing there are 225 shorebird species based on the IOC taxonomy (I buried the Slender-billed Curlew already). While I was expecting a little bit higher number, still more than half of the world’s shorebird species have been seen at least once during the weekend.
Quite a big portion of the recorded species have been seen only once. It is not a big surprise that the Burchell’s Courser or Snowy Sheathbill was seen only once, or the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which just arrived to the Yellow Sea wintering areas exactly on the World Shorebirds Day! It is however a big surprise that the widespread and quite abundant Red-wattled Lapwing or the Black Oystercatcher was found only once!
All in all 124 species have been seen during the three days shorebird counts.
Which shorebird species have been recorded in most checklists?
This chart shows the opposite side of the picture, I have just been talking about. The most commonly seen shorebirds are listed on the chart bellow. It means, that the Least Sandpiper was recorded in 13.1% of the total checklists, which is the highest ratio among all the shorebird species. It doesn’t mean, the Least Sandpiper was the most numerous shorebird on the weekend!
Here is complete list of shorebird species recorded during the World Shorebirds Day:
South Island Oystercatcher
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Far Eastern Curlew
Do you think a species is missing? Please check if you shared your eBird checklist.
To be continued…