As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Avid bird-watcher Noah Strycker of Eugene records seeing 5,000th bird species this year

 By The Register-Guard
OCT. 27, 2015

Eugene native and avid bird-watcher Noah Stryker, profiled in an Aug. 22 Register-Guard article about his quest to set a world record by recording having seen 5,000 bird species in a calendar year, reached that milestone on Monday in the Phillipines, according to a social media post.

The 5,000th species? A flame-crowned flowerpecker.

Strycker’s father, retired Register-Guard arts reporter Bob Keefer, provided the news via Facebook.

There are an estimated 10,000 bird species worldwide — so Strycker has seen roughly half of them in fewer than 10 months.

The idea for a global bird-watching trip came into focus as Strycker hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2011, during which he learned how to pull off an elaborate travel project, Strycker wrote from Tanzania in an email interview with The Register-Guard in August.

Strycker has been bird watching on every continent. He began his expedition on Jan. 1 in the Antarctic.

After visiting South America, Mexico, the United States — including Oregon — and Europe, Strycker made plans to visit Africa, India, Asia and Australia before returning home next year. To track his sightings, Strycker uses a free Web-based program called eBird, operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which runs as an app on his iPhone and updates to Cornell’s database of bird populations.


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