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Old Saturday 19th August 2017, 02:36   #76
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That sound you my have heard was the deletion of Thayer's Gull from everyone's eBird list. I found out when I went to look at the Illinois state list numbers and saw that I'd dropped by one. All Thayer's sighting are now Iceland Gull (Thayer's).
Of course, all the 2017 Big Year birders get to keep Thayer's this year.

In other news, the Stolls racked up 56 year birds in Hawaii.
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Old Saturday 19th August 2017, 09:00   #77
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That sound you my have heard was the deletion of Thayer's Gull from everyone's eBird list. I found out when I went to look at the Illinois state list numbers and saw that I'd dropped by one. All Thayer's sighting are now Iceland Gull (Thayer's).
Of course, all the 2017 Big Year birders get to keep Thayer's this year.

In other news, the Stolls racked up 56 year birds in Hawaii.
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So if the list update to include Hawaii happens before the end of the year, they seem destined for the official record?

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I think we can accept retrospective identifications - she is hereby upon your list
I retrospectively identified Greg Miller last year. Having read The Big Year several times, I really was quite excited. (I appreciate that makes me a really sad b#st#rd.)

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Old Saturday 19th August 2017, 13:23   #78
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Do they get to keep Thayers? Seems odd they get to keep that bird and keep the new Hawaiian additions and Cassia Crossbill. If I was doing a big year I would probably delete Thayers from my list this year

This is why I wish the ABA update every year was in January, not Oct/Nov.
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Old Saturday 19th August 2017, 16:18   #79
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If I was doing a big year I would probably delete Thayers from my list this year
My view would be that one wouldn't know they were going to do it for sure, and if I'd chased a Thayer's then I'd want it included. But you're not the only one who thinks the way you do: when going through Bill Rydell's book to glean his species list, I found that he had Ringed Turtle-Dove in 1992. He was sure they were going to delist it the next year and decided not to include it (he writes about it in the book). In current practice a birder would have taken it. It's not quite like the Thayer's, which was delisted during the same year; his dove wasn't delisted until the next year. His call, though: 714 it is, not 715.

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So if the list update to include Hawaii happens before the end of the year, they seem destined for the official record?
Either them or Yve, who's going to Hawaii in November. I've heard that the new update, with Hawaii, will be released in September.

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Old Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 02:25   #81
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Assuming Hawaii doesn't count until the revised ABA list comes out:
Yve hits the Top Ten all-time with 724 + 3.
The Stolls are at 715 + 2 (with 56 Hawaiian species in the bank).

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Old Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 21:43   #82
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Turns out I had Dan Sanders' 2005 Big Year list in my files, so I added him in.
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Deja vu all over again. On the morning of August 25th, they're all tied!
Ruben & Victor: 728 (726 + 2)
Yve: 728 (725 + 3)

The Stolls have 54 species in the Bank of Hawaii: they've picked up Spotted Dove & Munia in California.

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Old Monday 28th August 2017, 21:46   #84
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Looks like Yve was on Debi Shearwater's recent trip that picked up Hawaiian Petrel.
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Old Friday 1st September 2017, 15:05   #85
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They're all up in Alaska, and tied at 732, last I heard.
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Old Friday 1st September 2017, 17:06   #86
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You'd hope they were all en route to California...?
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You'd hope they were all en route to California...?
what is there is California?

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what is there is California?

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Presumably a typo for Seattle, WA (Swallow-tailed Gull) . . .
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Presumably a typo for Seattle, WA (Swallow-tailed Gull) . . .
Yes, I would be heading to Seattle rather than California!

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That's if it's still there - only reports I've seen about it are for 31 Aug.
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All five 700+ birders are on Gambell. Yve picked up King Eider & Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, both of which the Stolls already had.
Yve 734
Ruben/Victor 732

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Presumably a typo for Seattle, WA (Swallow-tailed Gull) . . .
Yeah...in a rush to get to the pub...
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Yve posted last night on FB that she got Red-throated Pipit.

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That's if it's still there - only reports I've seen about it are for 31 Aug.
Just seen a mention for it at Point Wells, Snohomish - don't know how far that is from the original sighting.
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Just seen a mention for it at Point Wells, Snohomish - don't know how far that is from the original sighting.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S38949533
Just a few KM.
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Yve got Asian Brown Flycatcher in Gambell. Fourth ABA record. I think all the 700+ year-birders are there.
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According to Yve, all the birders up there got it, including all five 700+ birders.

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According to this blog post, this is the fifth Asian Brown Flycatcher in the ABA area. What a nice sighting.
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What a nice sighting.
All the same - if I'd been doing this big year - I'd very much rather see that Swallow-tailed Gull . . . what a bird!
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All the same - if I'd been doing this big year - I'd very much rather see that Swallow-tailed Gull . . . what a bird!
Me too. But, if you're stuck in Alaska, you're stuck in Alaska. Maybe the gull will still be around when people get back to the lower 48.
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