life list


Definition of life list

: a record kept of all birds sighted and identified by a birder

Examples of life list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similar to an avid birdwatcher, Gitler took the report and began adding different species to his birding life list. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 Print or clip my personal sightings list, more than 70 species of shorebirds, waders, ducks, geese and raptors, and create your own life list. Tom Stienstra,, 15 Apr. 2020 As players launch the sports title they are greeted by a picture of Bryant with the dates of his life listed below his image. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2020 Keep an eye out for this desert woodpecker as another species to add to your life list. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2019 The American coot should be one of the easier birds to add to your life list. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2019 Birdwatchers can find sought-after species for life lists, including bald eagles, osprey, the pileated woodpecker, waterfowl and songbirds. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 8 Aug. 2019 Now, another quality- of-life list asserts that things are still bad down here at the bottom of the Sunshine State. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, 19 June 2018 The Life List of Adrian Mandrick’ by Chris White The novel focuses on anesthesiologist and bird obsessive Adrian Mandrick’s quest to achieve the longest life list of species spotted, as well as on his abuse of painkillers. The Editors, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of life list

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Life list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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