We have one really tight competition, and a record already — Mike Newhouse has eclipsed last year’s winning total of 211 (by Chris Takacs), and Chris has already equalled last year’s incredible total.
Congrats to all for competing. Most of the tallies are up from last year at this time.
We hope you are having fun near to home, and seeing lots of great birds.
Keep in mind that some birders are in the Meadowlands all the time, and others get here occasionally, so their birdage may differ drastically.
If your name’s not on the list and you’d like to compete, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov.
Here is the leader board as of Nov. 30:
1. Mike Newhouse 216 (NJMC, setting a target number for competitors.)
2. Chris Takacs: 211, (2012 reigning champion, ineligible for prizes in 2013 as a result, lives in district)
3. Ray Duffy, 183 (in district)
4. Jackie DeMarco, 168 (out of district)
5. Mike Wolfe, 165 species (out of district)
5. Dennis Cheeseman, 165 (out of district)
7. Zach Batren, 158 (out of district)
8. Jim Wright, 157 (NJMC staff, along for the ride)
9. Mike Turso, 138 (out of district)
10. Rob Fanning, 136 (out of district)
11. Oliver Stringham, 131 (in district)
12. Roy Woodford, 129 (out of district)
13. Julie McCall, 128 (in district).