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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 12:12   #151
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I see that our 2016 hero Olaf has bagged himself a SIBERIAN-HEADED CHICKATIT!

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Seems he also got the long-staying American Bitterness too
Interesting to see Bradley/Olaf not far short of 800:-

http://ebird.org/ebird/top100?locInf...=aba&year=AAAA

I still really don't see the bitterness in his 'warts and all' writing style but having been branded as a cheerleader by 'he who should not be questioned', I don't suppose that is a surprise to anyone.

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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 13:02   #152
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I don't see it either, at least not in this posting. Actually I thought he was being fairly humorous about his experiences...
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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 14:05   #153
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I was referring to his rather barbed comments about "another person" (aka JW) claiming to have seen Gray-headed Chickadee last year, and the rather obvious insinuation that he strung it.

JW: "774 9-Nov Gray-headed Chickadee Noatak National Preserve, Brooks Range, Alaska"

OD: "I did not see this bird in 2016. One person reported it un-witnessed where the Boreal chickadee also lives in western Alaska and two weeks later in November it was reported again by another person again unwitnessed and nobody produced a single photo. It wasn’t worth my effort to try that for a five figure bird (more than $10 grand to get it), that in some likelihood was not even a GHCH."
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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 14:11   #154
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Interesting to see Bradley/Olaf not far short of 800.
Actually Bradley is one behind Olaf - they fell out on St Paul and Olaf refused to provide directions to the Mottled Petrel that he saw fly past.
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Old Thursday 2nd November 2017, 17:53   #155
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I was referring to his rather barbed comments about "another person" (aka JW) claiming to have seen Gray-headed Chickadee last year, and the rather obvious insinuation that he strung it.

JW: "774 9-Nov Gray-headed Chickadee Noatak National Preserve, Brooks Range, Alaska"

OD: "I did not see this bird in 2016. One person reported it un-witnessed where the Boreal chickadee also lives in western Alaska and two weeks later in November it was reported again by another person again unwitnessed and nobody produced a single photo. It wasn’t worth my effort to try that for a five figure bird (more than $10 grand to get it), that in some likelihood was not even a GHCH."
Yes - I remember it well:-

http://www.birdingfordevils.com/2016...-november.html

You are drawing the insinuation but in fairness, he does rather lead you to that. He uses 'reported', 'unwitnessed' & 'nobody produced a single photo'. I struggle with the meaning of unwitnessed.

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Actually Bradley is one behind Olaf - they fell out on St Paul and Olaf refused to provide directions to the Mottled Petrel that he saw fly past.
I heard that Bradley stormed off never to be seen again.

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Old Friday 3rd November 2017, 13:46   #156
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The Deans are back on the road: Rufous-backed Robin & California Condor!

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Old Saturday 4th November 2017, 14:58   #157
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Yve is at 796, as officially as one can be at this point. This should be the day she becomes the sixth member of the 800 Club!

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Or today, as Japanese Bush-warbler is #800!
I have the Stolls at 803 for the year, so they're up next.

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The Deans picked up Barnacle Goose (the first of the 2017 Big Year birders to get it), and Yve added two today to move up into a ties with the Stolls at 803 apiece. She's probably still birding as I type this!
Next up on my (incredibly unofficial) list is Laura with 818.

As I mentioned, I won't put my "with Hawaii" list out there until after ABA releases the new list. However, what's fascinating to me is how similar the number of species of Hawaiian birds are for all of them. Yve is about to blow past them all, but as of today all six birders have either 55 or 56 Hawaiian species on my list. Some are species only found on the islands; some are like Yve's Black Noddy, a bird already on the ABA list that she added out there. Some species may not make the cut (Olaf's Mitred Parakeet and Yve's Burrowing Parakeet have already been removed from my tally based on info from the recent ABA publication), but I highly doubt that any further additions to my list will be forthcoming (other than Yve's additions, of course).

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Hope some big year birders are winging towards long island right now...Corn Crake off the Ocean Parkway, and I think the first actual twitchable bird in at least a decade!

(Of course one only shows up once I move FROM Long Island...)
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The Deans got the Corn Crake. Might be tricky for Yve!

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The Deans got the Corn Crake. Might be tricky for Yve!

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If she doesn't have it by now, she won't get it. The bird was found dead Thursday AM.
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yeah...turns out hanging out right next to at times busy road is probably not the best strategy for a lost vagrant bird...
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It doesn't have anything to do the the 2017 Big Year (yet), but Neil Hayward and Laura Keene got the Tamaulipas Crow at the Brownsville Dump.

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It doesn't have anything to do the the 2017 Big Year (yet), but Neil Hayward and Laura Keene got the Tamaulipas Crow at the Brownsville Dump.

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It has been a while since well-documented records have shown up - I saw them many years ago.

photos taken yesterday with 2 about here and South Padre Island - poss same?

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To any folks here currently doing a 2017 Big Year and/or planning to do a 2018 Big Year, my company is providing an absolutely free one-year subscription to SWIFT, full details here:

www.swiftbirder.com/big_year_offer.aspx

Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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The Deans got Tamaulipas Crow this morning; Yve got it a couple of days ago.
Yve: 745+4
Ruben & Victor: 744+3
Gaylee: 729+3
Richard: 727+3

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The Deans got Tamaulipas Crow this morning; Yve got it a couple of days ago.
Yve: 745+4
Ruben & Victor: 744+3
Gaylee: 729+3
Richard: 727+3

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Is this looking like the first female winner? Be good if she can get 750+.

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Lynn Barber's 723 was the top total in 2008.

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