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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 16:31   #326
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So is anyone doing a 2020 Big Year that we know of?

Also, it would seem that China now has enough relatively wealthy people that a Big Year there should be eminently doable. It might even get official blessing, as part of an effort to highlight China's efforts to preserve its wealth of natural resources.
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Old Sunday 5th January 2020, 02:10   #327
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Amanda Damin has checked in; it'll take me a day or two to get all her species in, but here are the numbers:
ABA: 795
US: 791
Continental: 743
Lower 48: 683

You can see the updated standings here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_year

I don't yet have John's final Lower 48 total, but we'll get there.

Congrats to Amanda!

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Old Sunday 5th January 2020, 19:47   #328
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Forum-ites,
Here are the final tallies for the 2019 ABA Big Year lists.

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Old Sunday 5th January 2020, 22:28   #329
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Here are the final tallies for the 2019 Continental ABA Big Year lists.

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Old Sunday 5th January 2020, 22:50   #330
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I don't do spreadsheets for the US lists; the birders simply communicate which species were Canada-only.
Here's the list; John set a new record!

835 (+1) John Weigel 2019 personal communication
832 John Weigel 2016 http://www.birdingfordevils.com/
826 Olaf Danielson 2016 eBird – United States - 2016
824 (+1) Nicole Koeltzow 2018 eBird – United States - 2018
814 Ruben Stoll 2017 personal communication
814 Victor Stoll 2017 personal communication
813 Yve Morrell 2017 personal communication
812 Laura Keene 2016 ABA Listing Central
791 Amanda Damin 2019 eBird – United States - 2019
788 (+2) David McQuade 2019 eBird – United States - 2019
788 (+2) Tammy McQuade 2019 eBird – United States - 2019
759 (+1) Gaylee Dean 2019 eBird – United States - 2019
759 (+1) Richard Dean 2019 eBird – United States - 2019
748 Christian Hagenlocher 2016 ABA Listing Central
741 Gaylee Dean 2017 eBird – United States - 2017
740 Neil Hayward 2013 ABA Listing Central

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Old Monday 6th January 2020, 16:47   #331
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Also, it would seem that China now has enough relatively wealthy people that a Big Year there should be eminently doable. It might even get official blessing, as part of an effort to highlight China's efforts to preserve its wealth of natural resources.
Already one been done by Tong Menxui a couple of years back now...
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Old Monday 6th January 2020, 21:07   #332
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Already one been done by Tong Menxui a couple of years back now...
Thank you for that info.
I'd not known that, never saw it posted anywhere. Is there a link you're aware of?
In any case, delighted that someone has kicked the ball into play. Just hope that there will now be lots of other contestants.
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Old Wednesday 8th January 2020, 00:20   #333
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I'm still waiting to get John's species list for the Lower 48, but here are the final tallies:

US – Lower 48 Big Years - 680+

723 Olaf Danielson 2016 http://olafsbigyear.blogspot.com/
721 John Weigel 2016 personal communication
715 (+2) David McQuade 2019 personal communication
715 (+2) Tammy McQuade 2019 personal communication
710 John Weigel 2019 personal communication
706 (+1) Nicole Koeltzow 2018 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2018
704 Chris Hitt 2010 web page saved
704 Dan Gesualdo 2018 personal communication
703 Gaylee Dean 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
702 Richard Dean 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
699 Christian Hagenlocher 2016 ABA Listing Central
697 Laura Keene 2016 ABA Listing Central
692 John Vanderpoel 2011 ABA Listing Central
691 Neil Hayward 2013 ABA Listing Central
686 Brandon Reo 2015 eBird – US Lower 48 – 2015
686 Yve Morrell 2017 personal communication
685 Dan Sanders 2005 ABA Listing Central
683 Amanda Damin 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
680 Dan Gesualdo 2015 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2015
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Old Sunday 19th January 2020, 17:40   #334
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Okay, John has sent his list of additional species for the Lower 48, added to those on his online list that were originally from the Lower 48. His "official" number is 702, so here's the updated list:

US – Lower 48 Big Years - 680+

723 Olaf Danielson 2016 http://olafsbigyear.blogspot.com/
721 John Weigel 2016 personal communication
715 (+2) David McQuade 2019 personal communication
715 (+2) Tammy McQuade 2019 personal communication
706 (+1) Nicole Koeltzow 2018 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2018
704 Chris Hitt 2010 web page saved
704 Dan Gesualdo 2018 personal communication
703 Gaylee Dean 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
702 Richard Dean 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
702 John Weigel 2019 personal communication
699 Christian Hagenlocher 2016 ABA Listing Central
697 Laura Keene 2016 ABA Listing Central
692 John Vanderpoel 2011 ABA Listing Central
691 Neil Hayward 2013 ABA Listing Central
686 Brandon Reo 2015 eBird – US Lower 48 – 2015
686 Yve Morrell 2017 personal communication
685 Dan Sanders 2005 ABA Listing Central
683 Amanda Damin 2019 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2019
680 Dan Gesualdo 2015 eBird – US Lower 48 - 2015
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 15:10   #335
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I finally bit the bullet and put together the United States sheets for the first time. Yve, Olaf, Laura, John & Christian were kind enough to quickly get back to me about their Canada-only species, and I already had that info from the others.
I may well set up the 2020 forum within a few weeks, as Colin Dobson is shooting to be the youngest person to get 700 in a year.

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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 16:18   #336
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Have we got any early declarations for 2020 runners and riders?

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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 16:48   #337
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The Stolls are off to a great start, but have not committed to a Big Year. The Deans are continuing to bird; we'll see if they jump in the pool once again. As mentioned above, Colin is off to a great start. I know him; he's single-minded enough to get to 700. I hear there's another birder out there working on a Lower 48 year.
I'm attaching the final docs for 2019.

On to 2020!

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Old Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:19   #338
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I was wondering about the Stolls, They’ve been all over the place this month, with some amazing Instagram photos under their belts.
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Old Saturday 25th January 2020, 14:05   #339
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Perhaps Joe is able to give some idea of the January ABA record. Currently, with a week still to go in the month, the Stolls with Flynn Biter & Alan Troyer have seen 464 species. 500 is surely in reach
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I thought Olaf got off to a great start in 2016, and he did, but he ended January that year with 405, which could well have been a record at the time. Big Year strategies continue to evolve!

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I thought Olaf got off to a great start in 2016, and he did, but he ended January that year with 405, which could well have been a record at the time. Big Year strategies continue to evolve!

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Well the Stolls, plus Alan Troyer & Flynn Biter have passed 500 with a day to spare.

Have any of them declared their intention for 2020?

No idea of their success on Code 3 and above, but they have certainly seen a good number of good birds
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Should they do one this year, would this be the second or third time the Stolls would have done a big year?

At some point one wonders just how many international birding trips that money could produce...
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Old Saturday 1st February 2020, 15:23   #343
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Second time. The thing about the 500 species is that, even if there aren't a ton of coded birds (I don't know that there aren't) we've watched Big Year birders spend a bunch of time running around to clean things up. Sometimes they've missed the chance to chase great birds because they're making another Arizona run for Ruddy Ground Dove (for example). Could be a very interesting strategy, and I've always thought that prior Big Year experience is very beneficial.
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Old Saturday 1st February 2020, 15:52   #344
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I just read my latest Birding magazine and realized I had a touch of clean-up to do. The Ground-Doves are now Ground Doves, and Great-winged Petrel was split; the ABA version is Gray-faced Petrel. I'm attaching the revised lists (four to this post and the other four to the next); that should hold us until it's time for the 2020 fun and frolic.
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...and here are the US and Lower 48 sheets.
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Should they do one this year, would this be the second or third time the Stolls would have done a big year?

At some point one wonders just how many international birding trips that money could produce...
Yes, but the honing of process that previous experience brings always produces that temptation to say "Yes but this time I could really nail it...."

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