Pennsylvania Birdlists Summary 2011

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Compiled by Peter Robinson

There are now 77 birders whose Pennsylvania Life Lists are 300 or more. Twenty-two now have PA Life Lists of 350 species or more, an increase of one from last year. Five are at 375 or more, the same as last year. There are nine birders at the 300 mark or more in the PA Life List-Unassisted category.

Last year Shannon Thompson’s 275 was the second highest yearly list. This year, her 305 was the highest—a lot of species for Pennsylvania in a year, especially with a full-time, day-time job. Devich Farbotnik also had a very nice yearly list of 290 for second place, and he now has the highest County Life List of all with 330 for Bucks.

There were several County Life Lists lead changes in 2011: Ken Lebo’s 308 for Berks, Chuck Chalfant’s 272 for Chester (tie), Dan Richard’s 224 for Clearfield, Carl Garner’s 270 for Franklin, Greg Grove’s 253 for Huntingdon, and Geoff Malosh’s 212 for Lawrence.

There now are seventeen County Life Lists of 300 or greater, one more than last year. Ten of these top seventeen County Life Lists are for Lancaster county, and another three are from Berks.

There also were several new high County Annual Lists in 2011: Joseph Verica’s 241 and Drew Weber’s 239 for Centre, Dan Richard’s 203 for Clearfield, Andy Markel’s 263 for Cumberland, Dave Kyler’s 218 for Huntingdon, Billy Weber’s 227 for Lehigh, Nathan  Fronk’s 178 for Lycoming, and Billy Weber’s 181 for Monroe.