Big January

Big January 2017 Connecticut Results

One of the most exciting beginnings of a birder’s New Year is starting a new list of bird species seen for the upcoming 12 months. Some people step this up a level by participating in the BIG JANUARY competition, a friendly and fun game to see who can spot the most Connecticut species during the month. Instead of partying New Year’s Eve till the ball drops, some anxious birders will head out pre-dawn on Jan 1st searching for owls to start their new year list.

With the aid of Internet list-serves, eBird, COA website and cell phones, it is possible to tally 130 or more species in CT during the first month of the year. This competition is not limited to a small group of elite birders; it’s open to ANYONE!

Here are the Big January 2017 results:

  • Tina Green – 159
  • Sara Zagorski – 154
  • Frank Mantlik – 138
  • Charlie Plimpton – 138
  • Greg Hanisek – 130
  • Bill Banks – 125
  • Stephen Broker – 124
  • Maggie Peretto – 118
  • Angela Dimmitt – 115
  • Bill Batsford – 111
  • Aidan Kiley – 109
  • Denise Jernigan – 105
  • Christine Howe – 103
  • Corrine Folsom-O’Keefe – 100
  • Sarah Faulkner – 99
  • John Marshall – 92

As in the past, here were the basic rules:

  • To qualify, one needs to have identified (seen or heard) a minimum of 90 species for the month within Connecticut.
  • All species seen/heard need to have been counted on public property, your own property, or private property with permission.
  • Report your species list in the same order as the COA ARCC Official CT List or the species order of eBird is also acceptable. Also, if possible, provide the date and location (town) for the first time each species was identified (optional, but encouraged).
  • For those that use eBird, it is quite easy to generate your January CT list to submit. Otherwise, please provide a database, or even a simple list.
  • Deadline for submission is Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Send them to: johnmarshall47 AT gmail.com
  • A report on the results will be posted shortly thereafter on the CT birds list-serve, and in an article on the COA website
  • Digital photos you have taken, especially of rare species, are welcome. Credit will be given for any photos used in the summary report.
  • Since this event is based on the honor system, please make every effort to be honest and certain of your identification.

Please think about conservation when birding this year. Instead of “chasing” down rare birds across the state every weekend, perhaps you should see how many you can find in your own town or at a given sanctuary or two. You might just find a bird or two you never expected, a new patch to explore, and will feel better for helping the environment and your wallet.