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   OTTAWA / GATINEAU 50-KM CHECKLIST CIRCLE MONTH LISTS

         The Ottawa/Gatineau 50-km Checklist Circle, affectionately known as simply "The Circle", is a 50 kilomtre circle centred on the Peace Tower. For a graphic and further description of this area, see the Circle page.
         An Ottawa/Gatineau 50-km Checklist Circle Month Lifelist is defined as the total number of species of wild and unrestrained birds identified by a given observer within the checklist circle during his lifetime in a given month. There are 12 possible lists here, one for each month. Birds must be on the official area checklist to be counted. This includes all those on the latest OFNC printed checklist and those accepted subsequently by the Birds Records Subcommittee of the OFNC.
         An Ottawa/Gatineau 50-km Checklist Circle Best Month List is defined as the total number of species of wild and unrestrained birds identified by a given observer within the checklist circle during a given month in a single year. There are 12 possible lists here, one for each month. Birds must be on the official area checklist to be counted. This includes all those on the latest OFNC printed checklist and those accepted subsequently by the Birds Records Subcommittee of the OFNC.
         And there are slightly more exotic lists, such as a lifelist of the number of species seen in all 12 months or the total of all the month lists added together (and the average, of course). Have you been warned that listers can become quite obessive?
         We now have the month lists from both Bruce Di Labio and Bernie Ladouceur (two of Ottawa's top birders), who currently are one-two in every month for monthly lifelists and best single-year months. There are many other avid longtime month listers out there, and you are all invited to submit your totals. Perhaps someone will have a new high out there, or be stimulated to try to set a new standard. If you have not played this game before, you may want to simply go back over your field notes to get counts, as your compiler has done. Hopefully, this will be something to give your birding added interest and fun on a monthly basis.
Lifelists by Month [Observer - species seen (latest update)]
January February March
Bruce Di Labio - 133 (Jul. 2006) Langis Sirois - 128 (May 2017) Bruce Di Labio - 142 (Jul. 2006)
Langis Sirois - 132 (May 2017) Bruce Di Labio - 116 (Jul. 2006) Langis Sirois - 140 (May 2017)
Bernie Ladouceur - 123 (Jan. 2010) Bernie Ladouceur - 115 (Jan. 2010) Bernie Ladouceur - 133 (Jan. 2010)
Gregory Zbitnew - 113 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 105 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 123 (Feb. 2010)
Michael Tate - 110 (Jan. 2009) Michael Tate - 96 (Jan. 2009) Michael Tate - 107 (Jan. 2009)
Larry Neily - 99 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 93 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 103 (May 2017)
     
April May June
Langis Sirois - 202 (May 2017) Bruce Di Labio - 269 (Jul. 2006) Bruce Di Labio - 233 (Jul. 2006)
Bruce Di Labio - 192 (Jul. 2006) Bernie Ladouceur - 260 (Jan. 2010) Bernie Ladouceur - 227 (Jan. 2010)
Bernie Ladouceur - 192 (Jan. 2010) Langis Sirois - 253 (May 2017) Langis Sirois - 217 (May 2017)
Gregory Zbitnew - 166 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 237 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 193 (Feb. 2010)
Larry Neily - 153 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 217 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 182 (May 2017)
     
July August September
Bruce Di Labio - 211 (Jul. 2006) Bernie Ladouceur - 221 (Jan. 2010) Bruce Di Labio - 244 (Jul. 2006)
Bernie Ladouceur - 209 (Jan. 2010) Bruce Di Labio - 215 (Jul. 2006) Bernie Ladouceur - 242 (Jan. 2010)
Langis Sirois - 206 (May 2017) Gregory Zbitnew - 207 (Feb. 2010) Langis Sirois - 222 (May 2017)
Gregory Zbitnew - 193 (Feb. 2010) Langis Sirois - 204 (May 2017) Gregory Zbitnew - 213 (Feb. 2010)
Larry Neily - 163 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 163 (May 2017) Michael Tate - 187 (Jan. 2009)
    Larry Neily - 173 (May 2017)
     
October November December
Bruce Di Labio - 232 (Jul. 2006) Bruce Di Labio - 186 (Jul. 2006) Langis Sirois - 159 (May 2017)
Langis Sirois - 212 (May 2017) Langis Sirois - 160 (May 2017) Bruce Di Labio - 158 (Jul. 2006)
Bernie Ladouceur - 207 (Jan. 2010) Bernie Ladouceur - 156 (Jan. 2010) Bernie Ladouceur - 142 (Jan. 2010)
Gregory Zbitnew - 176 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 138 (Feb. 2010) Gregory Zbitnew - 129 (Feb. 2010)
Michael Tate - 167 (Jan. 2009) Michael Tate - 127 (Jan. 2009) Michael Tate - 121 (Jan. 2009)
Larry Neily - 156 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 121 (May 2017) Larry Neily - 103 (May 2017)


Best Month Lists [Observer - species seen (Year)]
January February March April
Bruce Di Labio - 77 (1983) Bruce Di Labio - 75 (1985) Bruce Di Labio - 106 (1986) Bruce Di Labio - 159 (1985)
Langis Sirois - 74 (2016) Gregory Zbitnew - 65 (2002) Bernie Ladouceur - 87 (2009) Gregory Zbitnew - 125 (2008)
Gregory Zbitnew - 70 (2002) Bernie Ladouceur - 63 (2000) Gregory Zbitnew - 84 (2009) Bernie Ladouceur - 122 (2009)
Bernie Ladouceur - 61 (2002)      
Michael Tate - 57 (2009)      
       
May June July August
Bruce Di Labio - 226 (1982) Bernie Ladouceur - 175 (1989) Bruce Di Labio - 152 (1984) Bruce Di Labio - 166 (1983)
Bernie Ladouceur - 203 (1997) Bruce Di Labio - 165 (1981) Gregory Zbitnew - 147 (2004) Bernie Ladouceur - 161 (2009)
Gregory Zbitnew - 182 (1988) Gregory Zbitnew - 146 (2008) Bernie Ladouceur - 143 (2008) Gregory Zbitnew - 160 (2009)
       
September October November December
Bruce Di Labio - 189 (1981) Bruce Di Labio - 157 (1983) Bruce Di Labio - 111 (1984) Bruce Di Labio - 108 (1999)
Bernie Ladouceur - 162 (2006) Langis Sirois - 124 (2012) Langis Sirois - 97 (2011) Gregory Zbitnew - 92 (2001)
Langis Sirois - 162 (2014) Gregory Zbitnew - 122 (2008) Gregory Zbitnew - 91 (2007) Langis Sirois - 89 (2011)
Gregory Zbitnew - 131 (2002) Bernie Ladouceur - 110 (1977) Bernie Ladouceur - 86 (2007) Bernie Ladouceur - 88 (2001)


Species Seen in Every Month
Bruce Di Labio - 82
Langis Sirois - 66
Bernie Ladouceur - 62
Gregory Zbitnew - 53
Larry Neily - 32

All Months Added Together (AMAT) and Average Per Month
Bruce Di Labio - 2331 (194.3)
Langis Sirois - 2235 (186.3)
Bernie Ladouceur - 2227 (185.6)
Gregory Zbitnew - 1993 (166.1)
Larry Neily - 1727 (143.9)



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