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Old Saturday 5th August 2017, 02:21   #51
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A good week for Yve, as she's added Gray Partridge, Colima Warbler, White-eared Hummingbird and, today, Black Rail. The Stolls have been trying for the Jabiru for two days with no luck so far, and Yve struck out, too.

Ruben & Victor: 716 (714 + 2)
Yve: 715 (712 + 3)

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Yve picked up five species on the Shearwater pelagic to the Farralons: 720 for her.
In other news, in June I'd heard from Laura Keene that there was a Florida couple doing a No Name Big Year in honor of the guy's impending (or happened?) 70th birthday, but that they weren't eBirding. That's changed:
Gaylee Dean: 693
Richard Dean: 691

I don't know anything about provisionals for them.
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Yve picked up five species on the Shearwater pelagic to the Farralons: 720 for her.
In other news, in June I'd heard from Laura Keene that there was a Florida couple doing a No Name Big Year in honor of the guy's impending (or happened?) 70th birthday, but that they weren't eBirding. That's changed:
Gaylee Dean: 693
Richard Dean: 691

I don't know anything about provisionals for them.
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Does a No Name Big Year have to be done in a poncho, with a cigar?

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Old Tuesday 8th August 2017, 13:01   #54
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I've brought up access issues to ABA hotspots causing changes in the "playing field" before, namely the extreme difficulty in accessing Attu. If the proposed border wall goes through, I wonder how that will change things? Potentially the majority of the Rio Grande's Valley hotspots (Santa Ana, Bentsen, etc) will be behind the fence, not to mention severely environmentally degraded. I'd imagine that wider distribution South Texas rarities will be accessible (Long-billed Thrasher for instance), but a lot of regular rarities will just completely disappear as plausible targets.
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Potentially the majority of the Rio Grande's Valley hotspots (Santa Ana, Bentsen, etc) will be behind the fence, not to mention severely environmentally degraded.
But in this area, the border wall is already there ...just with entrances for folk to access US territory / birding hotspots (aren't the wall builders considerate) on the other side. Always though it was a bit weird having the wall with unmanned 'holes'.

Does the new plan (in as much as it has been planned at all) see these throughways closed? I just imagined they would be better observed or manned.
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Old Tuesday 8th August 2017, 16:15   #58
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Hence the 'as much as it has been planned'
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But in this area, the border wall is already there ...just with entrances for folk to access US territory / birding hotspots (aren't the wall builders considerable) on the other side. Always though it was a bit weird having the wall with unmanned 'holes'.

Does the new plan (in as much as it has been planned at all) see these throughways closed? I just imagined they would be better observed or manned.
Well, at least at Santa Ana the gates are certainly monitored, cameras abundant, although of course no idea if anyone is actually watching.
Border patrol vehicles also do drive by at fairly regular intervals.
The wall goes along a gravel road presumably built to allow the wall installation, so the refuge is now pretty much cut off from the rest of any Texas habitat.
The local Congressman is a Democrat, which is not helping him get any traction with the current Federal or State administrations, even though he makes a good case.
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But in this area, the border wall is already there ...just with entrances for folk to access US territory / birding hotspots (aren't the wall builders considerate) on the other side. Always though it was a bit weird having the wall with unmanned 'holes'.

Does the new plan (in as much as it has been planned at all) see these throughways closed? I just imagined they would be better observed or manned.
I know it's been stated that Santa Anna will be behind the wall, and a pretty huge swath of the reserve will be bulldozed. It doesn't really sound like the refuge will really exist any more post border wall. Local folks are also concerned because tentative plans would also cut off most folks from the river, which is obviously going to also affect agriculture in the valley.
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I know it's been stated that Santa Anna will be behind the wall, and a pretty huge swath of the reserve will be bulldozed. It doesn't really sound like the refuge will really exist any more post border wall. Local folks are also concerned because tentative plans would also cut off most folks from the river, which is obviously going to also affect agriculture in the valley.
Have to say this seems senseless to me. Apparently the rationale is that because the refuge is Federal property, no legal impediments can be raised to the work.
The Rio Grand is not the Amazon or even the Hudson, it is a fairly modest stream by the time it reaches South Texas. The border patrol uses air boats to patrol stretches of the river because it is too shallow for regular outboards. These make hellish noise, so that any migrant even thinking of crossing gets ample warning well before the boat comes into view.
With many miles of other crossing opportunities, it just seems pointless and willful to single out a nature preserve.
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"Pointless and willful" could be used to describe a lot of things about the current administration....
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Old Friday 11th August 2017, 21:47   #63
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Well, the New Era has officially begun: the Stolls are racking up the Hawaiian birds. From what I hear, the new ABA checklist will come out in September. I've been trying to decide how to deal with it in my sheets. My current thought is to add all the Hawaiian species at the bottom; that way the Big Years can be compared from both the continental and New ABA standpoints, and I'll add in John's, Laura's and Olaf's lists. Though unofficial, still very, very interesting.
Also, I've added in Bill Rydell's 1992 Big Year.

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I noticed that Yve saw the White-winged Tern in north-central Pennsylvania this morning.

eta: That tern is just a couple of hours too far from home for me to go look for it, unfortunately.

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I noticed that Yve saw the White-winged Tern in north-central Pennsylvania this morning.

eta: That tern is just a couple of hours too far from home for me to go look for it, unfortunately.
I just got home from seeing the bird. I saw her name in the signature book.
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I just got home from seeing the bird. I saw her name in the signature book.
You are too slow in your twitching ...you could have ticked off Yve too if you had got your act together
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You are too slow in your twitching ...you could have ticked off Yve too if you had got your act together
Turns out I can.

When I was there, I had no idea what she looked like, so I didn't know she was there until I read the book when I signed it as I left.

Your post just inspired me to look up her picture online. It turns out I'd set up my scope right next to her!

Although she left about 15 minutes after I arrived.
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Your post just inspired me to look up her picture online. It turns out I'd set up my scope right next to her!
I think we can accept retrospective identifications - she is hereby upon your list
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It's my list. I can count whomever I want!
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It's my list. I can count whomever I want!
Of course you can. And taking it to it's logical conclusion I can count her for mine too - it's my list!

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You are too slow in your twitching ...you could have ticked off Yve too if you had got your act together
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That must be a mite awkward ...



On a sensible note, will the ABA record be broken this year? Yes - presumably?
Will John's 'unofficial' ABA all-in record be broken??? - probably not?
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Technically yes...if any of the folks this year are going to Hawaii they will most likely break the record. Although I don't think they will surpass the unofficial totals logged by the last round of big year birders.

This is assuming of course that the ABA checklist update for the fall is not delayed. I doubt it will be, but this year will be a far larger update than any other they have had to provide since the organization first cobbled together there list.
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I'll bet we get decisions on all of last year's provisionals, too.
Based on eBird, the Stolls have added 30 or so species in Hawaii thus far.
The 700 Club will be growing, as Gaylee Dean has 701 on eBird and her husband, Richard, is three behind her. I can't yet speak to the number of exotics that may be on their lists. Laura is hoping to get them to send their lists to me for inclusion on the sheets.
I wouldn't count Evan Speck out the running for 700, either, as he has 665 so far. A number of members of the 700 Club kicked into gear during fall migration.

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