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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 06:47   #201
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Its interesting to note the difference in behaviour between the ABA year-listers - who know they have in-year competitors - and the WP listers who seem to have stopped now (and definitely faltered during the autumn).

Clearly the latter feel less (no?) pressure from potential future WP efforts.

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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 16:23   #202
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She finally bagged the Barnacle

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I finally got it this morning, too.

Not that I'm doing a big year...
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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 16:29   #203
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apparently, first ABA record of Tropical Pewee has been reported in Florida. The best was first found in SEPTEMBER, but only I'D this past week as a Tropical, and not a weird Eastern Pewee.
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Old Saturday 9th December 2017, 22:47   #204
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apparently, first ABA record of Tropical Pewee has been reported in Florida. The best was first found in SEPTEMBER, but only I'D this past week as a Tropical, and not a weird Eastern Pewee.
This hasn't been confirmed has it?

As I understand it, there are photos of a Pewee from September that may be a little odd. The birder says he remembers it sounding odd, and 2-3 months later listened to a recording of a Tropical and said it matched. He returned a day or two ago, used playback, and said a bird responded, but never saw, photographed, or audio recorded a bird.

I wouldn't be booking a flight just yet. Certainly interesting, though.
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WHERE are you guys finding details about the purported Tropical Pewee?
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Old Monday 11th December 2017, 02:54   #206
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Canada's & North America's first Mistle Thrush was reported from Miramichi, New Brunswick, on December 9.
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Old Monday 11th December 2017, 03:57   #207
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WHERE are you guys finding details about the purported Tropical Pewee?
Facebook. ABA are and Florida Birding and Rarities pages. Yve got Nuttings Flycatcher today. Mistle Thrush next.
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Old Monday 11th December 2017, 14:49   #208
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And Dovekie while she's in the neighborhood.

Officially (without provisionals) we now have a four-way tie for 4th place in the Continental ABA: Christian, Yve, Ruben & Victor are all at 752!

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Old Monday 11th December 2017, 20:27   #209
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And we still have most of a month to go. Christmas bird counts have a good track record of turning up some good rarities, so the game is very much not done yet.
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Old Tuesday 12th December 2017, 14:42   #210
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The Deans picked up the Mistle Thrush.

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Old Tuesday 12th December 2017, 15:00   #211
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The Deans picked up the Mistle Thrush.
Why? Had it fallen off its perch?
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As many as four potentially chaseable Nazca Boobies in San Diego this morning (not sure whether Masked Booby was ruled out for all of them). An extraordinary show. Tough opportunity to turn down.
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Old Tuesday 12th December 2017, 18:32   #213
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As many as four potentially chaseable Nazca Boobies in San Diego this morning (not sure whether Masked Booby was ruled out for all of them). An extraordinary show. Tough opportunity to turn down.
In San Diego?

... the Nazca race is on ...

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The Stolls got the Mistle Thrush; I've not heard about Yve's try.

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In San Diego?
On San Diego Bay (CalBirds and the San Diego listserve). At least three of the four adults appeared to be Nazca, according to reports. Surprisingly, there has been no update beyond 1:00 pm. Like ship-assisted, and will hopefully stick around a few days.
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The Stolls got the Mistle Thrush; I've not heard about Yve's try.

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She arrived after dark, after a harrowing drive in poor weather.
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Yve got the Mistle Thrush.

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The Deans got Ruddy Ground-Dove, which means Gaylee has officially tied John Vanderpoel for 10th-best Big Year ever. She also has two provisionals in the bank.
Yve got Nazca Booby, which keeps her in 4th place, with 753, passing Christian Hagenlocher and in a tie with the Stoll brothers, who got Purple Sandpiper in New Hampshire. Yve has four provisionals in the bank; the Stolls have three. She's now one behind Laura Keene with regards to the New ABA: 814 for Laura and 813 for Yve; 811 for the Stolls.
All five 2017 Big Year birders have cleaned up the Continental Code 1 species for the year! There are three Hawaiian species that were also given Code 1 status: Gray Francolin, Red Junglefowl and Zebra Dove; the Deans won't get those this year.

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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 15:23   #219
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Citrine Wagtail in California now!
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Wow. That is so close to Sacramento airport! Like 21 miles. And Southwest flies there...
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Yeah, but I haven't heard any follow up reports. Could be a one-day wonder (which seems to be the usual case with California wagtails for some reason).
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I haven't seen any updates either. Good thing I didn't head out there today. At least I would not have flown through Atlanta.
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Old Tuesday 19th December 2017, 01:42   #223
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At least a two-day wonder, as a couple birders got it the next day.
The Deans got the White-cheeked Pintail today.
I got the Illinois Barnacle Goose today (my first ever), but we in the Land of Lincoln need to wait as our state committee has not yet accepted any record for the species. Hey, but it's in the bank!

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Old Tuesday 19th December 2017, 19:06   #224
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The Citrine Wagtail proved to be unchaseable, unless you lived close and went for it right away on Saturday morning.

A couple of interesting recent posts on John Weigel's webpage: http://www.birdingfordevils.com/
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As John Weigel has posted, the Recording Standards Committee of the American Birding Association has reached a final decision, and, as it turns out, the Hawaii clock started last November, when the ABA officially added Hawaii to the ABA Area. John, Olaf and Laura are officially in the New ABA game. I'll continue to keep my two sets of sheets: the New ABA, with 750 being the minimum number, and the Continental ABA, where 700 will continue to be the standard. Current Big Years will be included until the year is complete. I'll bet there are people chomping at the bit waiting for January 1, 2018, so that their Big Year can commence!
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