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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 17:05   #276
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Just to show my ignorance further - is Midway part of the ABA area?

My understanding is that it was not part of the state of Hawaii and part of the odd status of "outlying islands". As such it does not appear to be part of the definition of the qualifying area.
Midway is included. It makes a certain weird sense, as the atoll falls between Hawaii and Kure (which is technically part of Hawaii), making it an "enclave." There's apparently also precedent for Hawaii state listers including it. More here: http://blog.aba.org/2016/11/the-aba-...-now-what.html
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Old Monday 9th December 2019, 14:41   #277
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John's latest blog post about the futile search of Nutting's Flycatcher and clarifications on his observation dates mixup mentioned by Muppit17.

Sadly no new species. Next target is Black-headed Gull.

https://birdingyear.com/arizona-innings-over/
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Old Monday 9th December 2019, 18:22   #278
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Black-headed Gull to set a record! That just about sums up regional yearlisting.

Hopefully he'll score and then pick up a few more though only Short-tailed Hawk should be easy.

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Old Tuesday 10th December 2019, 05:41   #279
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Unfortunately, just tales of dipping and Bonaparte's so far. I've failed in a game of pick the Black-headed in the attached pics but only looked on a handheld device:-

https://birdingyear.com/cant-buy-a-thrill/

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Old Thursday 12th December 2019, 02:58   #280
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Another update including some nice pics but as yet no record-breaker:-

https://birdingyear.com/4167-2/

I presume that we are due an ABA list update soon that should include the Parakeet to change (832 + 4) to (833 + 3)? Is that right?

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The ABA just released the updated checklist with 4 additions!!!
Stejnegerís Scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri), Code 4
Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus), Code 5
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) Code 5
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri), Code 2

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Old Thursday 12th December 2019, 03:33   #281
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Wikipedia has been updated. I have some cleaning up to do in the formulas for my sheets; by tomorrow morning I'll post the updates.

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Old Thursday 12th December 2019, 08:10   #282
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Many thanks. So 835+1 with only Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler as provisional? The Warbler seems nailed on for acceptance.

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Old Thursday 12th December 2019, 22:48   #283
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Hey, since it's one of only two nights this week that I'm not playing ('tis the season for trumpeters...) I figured I'd get this done. Here are the ABA sheets with updated codes. I applaud the committee's choice to make every Hawaiian bird at least a Code 2.

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Old Friday 13th December 2019, 15:26   #284
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And here are the Continental ABA lists. I had to correct a mistake I'd made in the McQuades' lists; they have Black-headed, not Black-tailed Gull. Oops...
I love comparing the 2019 birders to the earlier Big Year birders. Different worlds, but I think Sandy Komito's 1998 Big Year is amazing. Imagine what he could have done that year with instant alerts.

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Old Saturday 14th December 2019, 03:18   #285
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The record falls - B H Gull falls at Niagara Falls.

"I celebrated the find, which represents my 837th species for the year – an unofficial new Big Year Record "

Many, many congratulations John.
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Hey, since it's one of only two nights this week that I'm not playing ('tis the season for trumpeters...) I figured I'd get this done. Here are the ABA sheets with updated codes. I applaud the committee's choice to make every Hawaiian bird at least a Code 2.

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To be clear, what is the status of the 2019 lists? It seems that John's is up to date - with the exception of yesterday's B-h Gull. But Amanda's is not, being at least 10 species down on her eBird list. What about the others.

Many thanks for all your efforts in keeping us updated.
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Amanda likely has 25 more species, as her AOU eBird list (which includes Hawaii) is 752. Subtract one for Mexican Duck, but she's doing quite well. She's been to Hawaii at least twice, but I'm at the mercy of the given birder. Some birders (like the Deans) actually text me for each new bird, and the McQuades shoot an email.
All the other lists are up to date. I'm the person who updates the Wikipedia page, so that's a good one to bookmark if you want to see the statuses of other lists. I don't have spreadsheets for the US or the Lower 48, but birders have been very good about keeping me on track with those numbers. John will likely nail down the rest of the lists in January during his birding detox when he gets back home. He's likely just over 700 in the Lower 48 this year, but he'll calculate all that when he's finished. Although he's on the cusp of setting a new US Big Year record, his Lower 48 won't threaten Olaf's record, as far as I can ascertain. It was a stated goal at the start of the year, but 2019 been an unexpectedly bumpy road for him. And he's still going to set two new records!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_year

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Old Monday 16th December 2019, 17:32   #288
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Short-tailed Hawk secured so 837+1 and a clear gap on the record:-

https://birdingyear.com/the-list-so-far/

https://birdingyear.com/get-shorty-a...g-year-record/

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He seems to have a Myiarchus mislabeled as a Tropical Kingbird in this post - though given the state he's in I'll gladly let it slide!
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Old Tuesday 17th December 2019, 13:54   #290
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Congratulations to John!

Here's a list of missing code 3's (bolded seen in 2016). Whooper Swan and Steller's Eider might be still gettable. Anything else?

Whooper Swan
Laysan Duck
Common Pochard
Stellerís Eider

Smew
Masked Duck
Common Cuckoo
Mariana Swiftlet
Curlew Sandpiper

Temminck's Stint
Long-billed Murrelet
Rossís Gull
Blue-gray Noddy
Tristam's Storm-Petrel
Least Storm-Petrel
Trindade Petrel
White-necked Petrel
Bonin Petrel
Christmas Shearwater
Gray-headed Chickadee
Millerbird
Eyebrowed Trush
Laysan Finch
Nihoa Finch
Island Canary
Flame-colored Tanager
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Old Tuesday 17th December 2019, 23:37   #291
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Congratulations to John!

Here's a list of missing code 3's (bolded seen in 2016). Whooper Swan and Steller's Eider might be still gettable. Anything else?
Virtually no chance at any of the rest of those, I'm afraid. There are several Code 4s and 5s that could potentially make an appearance, though - Yellow-legged Gull, Graylag Goose, Northern Lapwing, Streak-backed Oriole, and Blue Bunting (among others) have all turned up in December in recent years. It's been a bit of a slow rarity season, so I'm hoping there's still a surprise In store over these final couple of weeks.
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Virtually no chance at any of the rest of those, I'm afraid. There are several Code 4s and 5s that could potentially make an appearance, though - Yellow-legged Gull, Graylag Goose, Northern Lapwing, Streak-backed Oriole, and Blue Bunting (among others) have all turned up in December in recent years. It's been a bit of a slow rarity season, so I'm hoping there's still a surprise In store over these final couple of weeks.
Oi! That's Greylag to you, its name is in Old World English, it's not one of your Nearctic endemics - Mr Smyth.....

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Amanda likely has 25 more species, as her AOU eBird list (which includes Hawaii) is 752. Subtract one for Mexican Duck, but she's doing quite well. She's been to Hawaii at least twice, but I'm at the mercy of the given birder. Some birders (like the Deans) actually text me for each new bird, and the McQuades shoot an email.
All the other lists are up to date. I'm the person who updates the Wikipedia page, so that's a good one to bookmark if you want to see the statuses of other lists. I don't have spreadsheets for the US or the Lower 48, but birders have been very good about keeping me on track with those numbers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_year

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Understood Joe,

I see Amanda is back in Hawaii, and I think she has pulled into overall 2nd place from the species lists on eBird.
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Oi! That's Greylag to you, its name is in Old World English, it's not one of your Nearctic endemics - Mr Smyth.....

Merry Christmas, y'all.

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Lol - take it up with eBird! I do see, however, from your correct usage of the second person plural, that you have a proper appreciation of Nearctic culture.
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Old Friday 20th December 2019, 23:25   #295
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Lol - take it up with eBird! I do see, however, from your correct usage of the second person plural, that you have a proper appreciation of Nearctic culture.
Nothing to do with eBird. If you set it to English UK names it will come up with Greylag. If you set it to English American it will come up with Graylag. It comes back to two countries separated by the same language.

As it simply means Grey goose and comes from the old English word that can be written either grei or grai, either works historically.
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Nothing to do with eBird. If you set it to English UK names it will come up with Greylag. If you set it to English American it will come up with Graylag. It comes back to two countries separated by the same language.

As it simply means Grey goose and comes from the old English word that can be written either grei or grai, either works historically.
Good point - in my blind Americentrism, I'd forgotten that UK names were even an option. Just to be provocative, I'll note that Samuel Johnson himself preferred the spelling "gray"...
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Good point - in my blind Americentrism, I'd forgotten that UK names were even an option. Just to be provocative, I'll note that Samuel Johnson himself preferred the spelling "gray"...
His dictionary is a fine read, it will teach you things you never knew....

I like "blind Americentrism". I may find a use for that in due course

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John still plugging away. Remarkable tenacity from someone who has already beaten his own record:-

https://birdingyear.com/bus-drivers-holiday/

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John still plugging away. Remarkable tenacity from someone who has already beaten his own record:-

https://birdingyear.com/bus-drivers-holiday/

All the best
Appears to be planning to head back to Alaska, I guess his aim is both Whooper Swan and Gray-headed Chickadee (Siberian Tit), although I have not seen any records of either this winter. I guess Steller's Eider may still be there as some have been on Kodiak recently.
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