I assume your challenge is to the whole state? ---Yes, I've noticed the GT area does real well each year considering the latitude. We down here with the adjoining East China zip on the big River do well --at least to start out. Often are in the top 10! Our local Casco zip does well but only so far as we are just a flat farmland with woodlots rural township. Considering though there are only a few of us contributing to our local zips we do real well. For some reason not many if any, of the local Audubon chapter people or other birders participate. We do tho thankfully get a few feeder counters! Alas tho, compare the overwhelming # of participants/checklists in such zips as Ann Arbor, Washtenaw county, Holland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Oakland county, Detroit/Wayne etc. it is easy to see why they are always the top guns --plus the varied habitat they enjoy.
This year they are incorporating the GBBC results into Ebird which will prove interesting. There are a lot of changes happening in the bird data gathering orgs with relation to the internet, protocol, means & methods and especially stricter & more thorough efficient reviewing & documenting of species submitted.
One I hear rumors that the annual spring North American Migratory Count (NAMC) will be dropped since Ebird has become so efficient, popular & comprehensive. The new Google Earth maps & others, plus the cell phones with apps etc. plus Facebook & Twitter are influencing birding tremendously--I would think gas prices are also(?)
Russ Emmons (GBBC Ambassador)
'mi ojo es en la cielo' por aves!