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2016 ABA Big Year Update: The Results

Congratulations are in order for Olaf Danielson, Christian Hagenlocher, Laura Keene, and John Weigel for their impressive ABA Area Big Year totals in 2016. I think I can speak for many in the ABA and birding communities when I say that it has been great fun to watch these four birders do what no one has ever done in the continental US and Canada. All have passed Neil Hayward’s 2013 Big Year record of 749.

ABA Big Year birders (l-r) Olaf Danielson, John Weigel, Christian Hagenlocher, Laura Keene

So without further ado, here are the four outstanding ABA Big Year totals for 2016.

John Weigel – 780 (+3: Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck) – A late run up the west coast netted John 2 more species for the year. A Red-footed Booby in San Diego and Whooper Swan on Adak, Alaska, where he closed out the year.

Olaf Danielson – 776 (+2: Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck) – Olaf had bad luck with weather and gulls in Newfoundland, where he missed the on and off Kelp Gull in St. John’s. He did pick up the Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail in the last week for his last bird of the year.

Laura Keene – 759 (+3: Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck) – The Rhode Island Greylag Goose and the New Brunswick Common Shelducks highlight Laura’s last week. She headed home on 12/30 with her spectacular year in the books.

Christian Hagenlocher – 750 (+2: Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher) – With Dovekie luck eluding him in the last weeks, Christian headed west to Idaho where he picked up the Red-flanked Bluetail as the last bird of his year, officially passing Neil Hayward’s record without considering provisional species.

Thank you for your support, and congratulations again on four very big years.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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