life list


Definition of life list

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

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The American coot should be one of the easier birds to add to your life list. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Water-loving coots are longtime familiar sights," 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, "Michigan adds 1,000-acre forest near Au Sable to public lands," 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, "Where are the worst places to live in the U.S.? Three of them are in Miami-Dade.," 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, "The Best New Books for Spring 2018," 13 Apr. 2018 The gravitas attached to the seasons of life listed off in Ecclesiastes is echoed in the moral overtones attached to perceptions of what is appropriate for different hours of the day. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Only a Fool Buys Kombucha on a Tuesday," 9 Jan. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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