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Old Sunday 25th August 2019, 14:52   #126
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Another posting and the short term itinerary seems to be set. Alaska for the next 6 weeks or so with Pelagics out of San Diego (murrelets, storm-petrels & Bullers?) and then the repositioning cruise (not sure what the targets are. Seems like he is heading to Gambell/St Paul now!

Also John has reached a milestone (of sorts)- he now has the same number of species he saw until the end of Nov 2016 (just before the acceleration in Hawaii). The next few weeks should indicate where is going to end up.
Here's the blog post of John's Alaska plans.
https://birdingyear.com/family-time-...efore-gambell/

He got two common birds near Anchorage: Spruce Grouse (2) and White-winged Crossbill (2). Now at 778, +23, -81.

Possible pelagic targets:
Guadalupe Murrelet (3)
Craveri's Murrelet (3)
Red-billed Tropicbird (3)
Buller's Shearwater (2)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (3)
Least Storm-petrel (3)
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Old Sunday 25th August 2019, 14:56   #127
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And continuing on John's Big Year: he's got photographs of 729 species and some missing are common birds, so the count is expected to be higher. If John's old blog page is correct, he got 774 photographed species in 2016.

Is there an official record of photographic Big Year?
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Old Monday 26th August 2019, 14:31   #128
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Laura Keene owns both records:
ABA Big Year: 792 species
Continental ABA Big Year: 747 species

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Old Friday 30th August 2019, 15:36   #129
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On the basis of John having gone to Gambell (?) it is interesting to see the first records coming through from there on the 28th/29th.

In terms of his personal targets the following are on the current listings
Northern Wheatear
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Pallas's Reed Bunting
& potential Dark-sided Flycatcher

No idea how many John is connecting with
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Old Friday 30th August 2019, 19:47   #130
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I don't know anything for certain just yet, but I believe that the McQuades would have easily gotten to 700 yesterday. The Deans should be there, too, and we know John was planning to attend the party. Should be fun, with Gambell getting off to such a great start!

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Old Saturday 31st August 2019, 15:49   #131
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I just received this from David McQuade: "We did it! We went over 700. I’m at 701 + 2 and Tammy is at 702 +2.
You can add Rock Sandpiper to her list. I unfortunately got back too late to the scope to see the ROSA before they flew away. I’m not too worried. I know we’ll get them again over the next 2 weeks, but officially she got to 700 about 30 minutes before I did. Lol"

Two new members of the 700 Club!

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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 00:39   #132
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John's first Alaska report:
https://birdingyear.com/fall-alaska-pt-1/

He caught all species Muppit17 mentioned apart from Dark-sided Flycatcher. Two species not seen in 2016:
Olive-backed Pipit (3)
Pallas's Bunting (5)

and an unidentified mystery bird:
https://birdingyear.com/wp-content/u...68JRW_2163.jpg

He also twitched Common Ringed Plover in California.

Now on 784, next a five day pelagic trip from San Diego. He's also trying to organize a four day Hawaii pelagic in middle of October.
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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 01:39   #133
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and an unidentified mystery bird:
https://birdingyear.com/wp-content/u...68JRW_2163.jpg

Not much of a mystery?....Siberian Accentor

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and an unidentified mystery bird:
https://birdingyear.com/wp-content/u...68JRW_2163.jpg

Not much of a mystery?....Siberian Accentor
Would you tick it - or accept it with that photo?

I agree with you that it looks likely, but .......
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Would you tick it - or accept it with that photo?

I agree with you that it looks likely, but .......
No mention of size, behaviour, etc that I can see. I do not know possible lookalikes in that image that could be in Alaska but elements of it look pretty convincing whereas the extent of the ear coverts and white throat look a bit incongruous. Mind you - only seen the species twice:-

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S32569124

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S32570540

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Now on 784, next a five day pelagic trip from San Diego.
Looks like the trip picked up Craveri's murrelet on day 1 - again no confirmation if John got it,
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Possible pelagic targets:
Guadalupe Murrelet (3)
Craveri's Murrelet (3)
Red-billed Tropicbird (3)
Buller's Shearwater (2)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (3)
Least Storm-petrel (3)
From the searcher blog https://www.bajawhale.com/2019/09/ it looks as though John should have seen all the targets on Tikli's list (except maybe the Flesh-footed Shearwater). It doesn't seem that anything rarer was seen that John still needed - Nazca Booby, Townsend Storm-petrel and Cook's Petrel all seen but already on his list.

Also seems that he didn't miss much by leaving Gambell so quickly
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From the searcher blog https://www.bajawhale.com/2019/09/ it looks as though John should have seen all the targets on Tikli's list (except maybe the Flesh-footed Shearwater). It doesn't seem that anything rarer was seen that John still needed - Nazca Booby, Townsend Storm-petrel and Cook's Petrel all seen but already on his list.

Also seems that he didn't miss much by leaving Gambell so quickly
Looks like he missed Least Petrel also. He's added both murrelets, Buller's Shearwater and Red-billed Tropicbird. Guadalupe Murrelet is a plus-species (not seen in 2016).

Still missing from Alaska (compared to 2016):
Whooper Swan (3)
Steller's Eider (3)
Spectacled Eider (3)
Smew (3)
Far Eastern Curlew (4)
Jack Snipe (4)
Pin-tailed Snipe (5)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3)
Ivory Gull (3)
Ross's Gull (3)
Dusky Warbler (4)
Common Chiffchaff (5)
Eyebrowed Trush (3)
Siberian Accentor (4)
Rustic Bunting (3)

John's at 788, +26 -74
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 14:12   #139
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Updated lists with John's additions. The McQuades and Deans have added a bunch, but I don't yet have those specifics.
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 23:05   #140
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John's at 788, +26 -74
So where are the bets on 49 more - following 32 plus another 17?

Great Cormorant
Purple Sandpiper
Least Grebe
Audubon's Oriole
Short-tailed Hawk
Dovekie
Boreal Owl
Java Sparrow
Red-crested Cardinal
Oahu Amakihi
White-rumped Shama
Red-vented Bulbul
Rose-ringed Parakeet
White Tern
Chestnut Munia
African Silverbill
Maui Alauahio
Hwamei
Hawaiian Duck
Anianiau
Kauai Amakihi
Kauai Elepaio
Red Junglefowl
Gray-backed Tern
Indian Peafowl
Oahu Elepaio
Mariana Swiftlet
Akohekohe
Maui Parrotbill
Akekee
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Akikiki

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 02:15   #141
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Meanwhile, in other news, the Deans are now at 734+2 (Gaylee) and 734+1 (Richard), tying Jay Lehman for the 15th spot all-time.
The McQuades are at 717+3. Next up for them is Sandy Komito at 722.


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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 05:17   #142
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Would you tick it - or accept it with that photo?

I agree with you that it looks likely, but .......
Why not taivana Eastern Yellow Wagtail?

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Why not taivana Eastern Yellow Wagtail?

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Why not indeed! I prefer that for a match to the photo.

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 16:10   #144
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So where are the bets on 49 more - following 32 plus another 17?

Great Cormorant
Purple Sandpiper
Least Grebe
Audubon's Oriole
Short-tailed Hawk
Dovekie
Boreal Owl
Java Sparrow
Red-crested Cardinal
Oahu Amakihi
White-rumped Shama
Red-vented Bulbul
Rose-ringed Parakeet
White Tern
Chestnut Munia
African Silverbill
Maui Alauahio
Hwamei
Hawaiian Duck
Anianiau
Kauai Amakihi
Kauai Elepaio
Red Junglefowl
Gray-backed Tern
Indian Peafowl
Oahu Elepaio
Mariana Swiftlet
Akohekohe
Maui Parrotbill
Akekee
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Akikiki

All the best
In 2016 he got between 1.9.-31.12. outside Hawaii:
- 3 Code 1-2's
- 7 Code 3-5's from Alaska
- 12 Code 3-5's from elsewhere

He's still missing a lot of Code 3's from Alaska (list in post #138) and he's doing an additional Hawaii pelagic, so I think the chances are quite good.

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Because John reads this, here's his missing from Continental species list (Hawaii only). He must have seen e.g. Leach's Storm-Petrel during Searcher pelagic, so I hope he informs us which are still missing.

Spotted Dove (2)
White-tailed Tropicbird (2)
Red-tailed Tropicbird (3)
Mottled Petrel (2)
Bulwers Petrel (3)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (2)
Leachs Storm Petrel (1)
Great Frigatebird (3)
Red-footed Booby (2)
Short-eared Owl (1)
Eurasian Skylark (2)
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John had Wryneck, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Little Bunting and Rufous tailed Robin in first four hours on Gambell.

Also Siberian Accentor " first for year".
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Also Siberian Accentor " first for year".
Presumably this means he didn't tick the bird photographed earlier. In any case he had Eastern Yellow Wagtail back in June in Alaska.

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John had Wryneck, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Little Bunting and Rufous tailed Robin in first four hours on Gambell.

Also Siberian Accentor " first for year".
Interesting - it appears that Pallas's GW was on 9th and Middendorff's reported on ebird for the 8th. Seems like the Deans may have got both (certainly the MGW). Have the McQuades already left?

Also Spectacled Eider seen on Gambell, perhaps John finally filled that gap as well.
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Interesting - it appears that Pallas's GW was on 9th and Middendorff's reported on ebird for the 8th. Seems like the Deans may have got both (certainly the MGW). Have the McQuades already left?

Also Spectacled Eider seen on Gambell, perhaps John finally filled that gap as well.
Some pretty mouthwatering checklists out there with photos of both Groppers:-

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L246497?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59630279

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59655181

The bookies are making this odds on? But a horrible lull could still derail it...........?

Where are the links to John's sightings?

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The McQuades had already left. Dave rolled down a ravine and sprained his ankle. St. Paul on crutches should be tricky...
The Deans added ten and nine species on Gambell (Dick missed the Little Bunting). The Wryneck showed up while they waited for the plane.
John is pretty jacked, as one can imagine! His flight was nearly cancelled due to fog, but he got there at 6pm and racked up the birds right away.

Paul: John posted last night's sightings on Facebook.

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Paul: John posted last night's sightings on Facebook.

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Joe - noted. Many thanks.

On the Groppers, a few confirmatory comments here from Grahame Walbridge may be of interest:-

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=381027

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