I had a lot of encouragement from a few people. A couple of them, Tommy DeBardeleben and Caleb Strand, were confident I could conceivably hit the 300 mark. I was a bit doubtful of that number, but kept pushing on through the year, and believe it or not, I did hit the magical 300 number and then some. My final total count was 312; not a county record, but still a number I can be proud of for the time being. Previous county record was Tommy at 313, but he shattered that record this year at 330! So I am pleased with currently having the 3rd highest total, but I also know that records are meant to be broken, so I know it will some day be surpassed.
One needs to bear in mind that Maricopa County is a large county in geographic area. In fact it is the 15th largest county in the United States, and larger than 4 of the US states. While it is not on the scale of an Arizona state big year, it still requires traveling a lot of miles to many spots where the birds can be found, and sometimes, it takes more than just one trip to finally find the bird that is being reported.
|15||Maricopa County||Arizona||Phoenix||9,224.27 sq mi (23,890.7 km2)||9,203.14 sq mi (23,836.0 km2)|