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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 22:02   #151
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The Pallas's would be a first North American record!
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 08:52   #152
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John is very happy!

https://birdingyear.com/best-three-h...might-just-be/

And going to St Paul. Now on 793, +30 -73
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 10:05   #153
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John is very happy!

https://birdingyear.com/best-three-h...might-just-be/

And going to St Paul. Now on 793, +30 -73
And that certainly comes through in that write up! Thanks for the link.

And I agree with him on Wrynecks.

(In the topsy turvy world of listing where everything counts as one, I spent a week chasing round Cornwall for Brown Booby photos to miss Wryneck on my patch for my year list. Thankfully we do get one or two every few years.)

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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 20:34   #154
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While waiting for the transition to St Paul, I've compiled a list of John's species of which he has not photographed.

He's got pictures of 752 species and is missing the following 41 already observed species:

Code 1
White-winged Scoter
Mountain Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Costa’s Hummingbird
King Rail
Wilson’s Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Northern Goshawk
Barn Owl
Northwestern Crow
Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Le Conte’s Sparrow

Code 2
Montezuma Quail
Spotted Dove
Mangrove Cuckoo
Mexican Whip-poor-will
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
Arctic Loon
Red-footed Booby
Flammulated Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Greater Pewee
Henslow’s Sparrow

Code 3-5
Long-toed Stint
Slaty-backed Gull
Fea’s Petrel
Cook’s Petrel
Great Frigatebird
Zenaida Dove
White-tailed Eagle
Siberian Accentor
Antillean Palm-Swift

Hawaii only
Black Francolin (2)
Hawaiian Hawk (2)
Japanese Bush-Warbler (2)
Apapane (2)

There is at least one error, because there was a photo of Cook's Petrel on his blog post but it's not on his list.

Question to those who know ABA area better: how many of those are still possible? Of course some rarities won't be seen again and I would imagine that rails, nightjars and owls are very difficult but has he missed some migrants also?
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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 11:25   #155
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John's predicted tick-fest does not seem to have materialised yet on St Paul.

I assume he has picked up Sharp-tailed Sand. The Jack Snipe seems to have gone AWOL.

Seems an OBP has been found so perhaps not all lost yet.

Any news on the Boreal Owl?

He also seems to have missed opportunities for both Spectacled & Seller's Eiders. Where can he pick these up? Is he going to Barrow for Ross's Gull (Ivory as well?).

Am I right in saying that Grey-headed Chickadee is not possible?
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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 11:47   #156
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Am I right in saying that Grey-headed Chickadee is not possible?
Perhaps he can pick up Siberian Tit instead.

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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 12:57   #157
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In other news, we have a sixth member of the 700 Club: Amanda Damin got the there on a Bar Harbor pelagic with the Deans. I’ve been told that she wanted to wait until she actually got there before she’d send her list. Looking forward to adding her in!

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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 16:24   #158
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While waiting for the transition to St Paul, I've compiled a list of John's species of which he has not photographed.

He's got pictures of 752 species and is missing the following 41 already observed species:

Code 1
White-winged Scoter
Mountain Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Costa’s Hummingbird
King Rail
Wilson’s Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Northern Goshawk
Barn Owl
Northwestern Crow
Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Le Conte’s Sparrow

Code 2
Montezuma Quail
Spotted Dove
Mangrove Cuckoo
Mexican Whip-poor-will
Yellow Rail
Black Rail
Arctic Loon
Red-footed Booby
Flammulated Owl
Whiskered Screech-Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Greater Pewee
Henslow’s Sparrow

Code 3-5
Long-toed Stint
Slaty-backed Gull
Fea’s Petrel
Cook’s Petrel
Great Frigatebird
Zenaida Dove
White-tailed Eagle
Siberian Accentor
Antillean Palm-Swift

Hawaii only
Black Francolin (2)
Hawaiian Hawk (2)
Japanese Bush-Warbler (2)
Apapane (2)

There is at least one error, because there was a photo of Cook's Petrel on his blog post but it's not on his list.

Question to those who know ABA area better: how many of those are still possible? Of course some rarities won't be seen again and I would imagine that rails, nightjars and owls are very difficult but has he missed some migrants also?
He may have photo-ops for Northern Goshawk and Slaty-backed Gull on St Paul Island this week. He will easily get photos of Great Frigatebird, Red-footed Booby and Spotted Dove in Hawaii, plus good ops for the other 4 listed, although in 2016 neither of us got pics of Black Francolin - we always saw them on the road while driving. All of the code one are year round residents and doable if he has time. Most of the code 2 will be around through the rest of the year, the exception being Flammulated Owl which at this point I wouldn’t bother to try for. The rails and nightjars would require the most effort- he could ride a combine harvesting rice in Louisiana in November and have a shot at photographing Yellow Rail as I did.

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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 17:29   #159
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Has anyone been following John Weigel's Big Year attempt #2?
http://birdingyear.com/the-list-so-far/

He has not updated his blog since mid March, but has updated his species list and there are some things I find hard to understand. I have never been to USA, but shouldn't the spring be the best birding time there also? In John's list there are several days gaps with no new species, and he still lacks huge numbers of Code 1 and Code 2 species. Like no new species 25.-26. and 28.-29. of April. What could that be about?

If my spreadsheet is correct, he has 45 coded birds + 2 provisionals so far. Birds are in chronological order, sorry.

Code 3:
Hook-Billed Kite
Clay-cloured Trush
Tropical Parula
Aplomado Falcon
Rufous-backed Robin
American Flamingo
Smooth-billed Ani
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Rose-throated Becard
Tundra Bean Goose
Brambling
Little Gull
Morelet's Seedeater
Shiny Cowbird
Great Skua
Western Spindalis
La Sagra's Flycatcher
Ruff
McKay's Bunting
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Palila
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Juan Fernandez Petrel
Hawaiian Petrel
Bulwer's Petrel
Akiapolaau
Hawaii Creeper
Hawaii Akepa
Masked Booby
Cook's Petrel

Code 4:
Pink-Footed Goose
Fieldfare
Golden-crowned Warbler
Red-flanked Bluetail
White-throated Trush
Dusky Warbler
Crimson-collared Grosbeak
Yellow Grosbeak
Thick-billed Vireo
Garganey
Key West Quail-Dove
Bahama Mockingbird

Code 5:
Great Black Hawk

Provisional:
Dark-Billed Cuckoo
Long-legged Buzzard

He has dipped (according to blog updates) at least following coded species:
Code 3:
Whooper Swan - Adak, Alaska
Tufted Duck - North Carolina
Black-headed Gull - Philadelphia
Black-capped Gnatcatcher - Arizona
Rufous-capped Warbler - Arizona

Code 4:
Barnacle Goose - Philadelphia, Chicago
White-tailed Eagle - St Paul, Alaska
Roadside Hawk - Texas
Blue Bunting - Texas
Bananaquit - Florida
Also, the photo has to be diagnostic- his photo of the Buff-collared Nightjar is only eyeshine. I had videos with the eyeshine and vocalizations of the Buff-collared Nightjar, Common Poorwill, Mexican Whip-poor-will, and Eastern Whip-poor-will that don't count.

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John's predicted tick-fest does not seem to have materialised yet on St Paul.

I assume he has picked up Sharp-tailed Sand. The Jack Snipe seems to have gone AWOL.

Seems an OBP has been found so perhaps not all lost yet.

Any news on the Boreal Owl?

He also seems to have missed opportunities for both Spectacled & Seller's Eiders. Where can he pick these up? Is he going to Barrow for Ross's Gull (Ivory as well?).

Am I right in saying that Grey-headed Chickadee is not possible?
Steller's were seen in Gambell last week, he may not have updated. He could also photograph Steller's Eider while on St Paul Island, and Spectacled Eider when he goes to Barrow for Ross's Gull. He got Gray-headed Chickadee in November 2016 outside of Kotzebue, Alaska so I wouldn't be surprised if he tries that spot again.

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Steller's were seen in Gambell last week, he may not have updated. He could also photograph Steller's Eider while on St Paul Island, and Spectacled Eider when he goes to Barrow for Ross's Gull. He got Gray-headed Chickadee in November 2016 outside of Kotzebue, Alaska so I wouldn't be surprised if he tries that spot again.
If I have got this right, Stellers was available at Gambell and Nome and Spectacled on Gambel whilst John was around, but no evidence he connected. No records of either on St Pauls this fall are on eBird.

I noticed from Joe's spreadsheet, that no one on a big year has connected with the Chickadee since 2016, and John was the only one that year. In addition it made me look at the other code 3 that this relates to, but only where they are resident. It appears that these are all in Hawaii, including Laysan Duck, Millerbird, Laysan Finch, Nihoa Finch - are these off limits?
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John's stated destination of Middle Bank Seamount for his (hopeful) October pelagic trip is <100 km from Nihoa Island, where the Nihoa Finch and Millerbird both occur -- however, my understanding is you'd need a special research permit from the USFWS to land there. The same applies to Laysan Island I believe. Even further out the archipelago, Midway Island does have a human presence and welcomes a few visitors now and then under strict constraints. Probably it's only a matter of time before a Big Year birder arranges a trip out there -- aside from Laysan Duck and Island Canary, the seabird payoff could be very substantial with e.g. Bonin Petrel and Little Tern far easier to find there than anywhere else in the Area.
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