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2016 Big Years: Non ABA Area edition

The birding adventures of John Weigel, Olaf Danielson, Laura Keene, and Christian Hagenlocher sucked up a lot of the air this year, but there were a number of other birders taking on Big Years in their states and provinces, many of whom set new records in 2016. Photos of birders gleaned from various web and [read more…]

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 [read more…]

2016 ABA Big Year Updates: One Week To Go!

We’re down to the last five days of 2016, the sharp end of a year that saw four birders break the ABA Big Year record set in 2013 by Massachusetts birder Neil Hayward. This is a quick roundup of where our four birders are with fewer than 200 hours left to chase birds for the [read more…]

ABA Area Big Year Update: Four Record Breakers in 2016

With only three weeks left in 2016, we’ll switch to weekly updates of the four Big Year birders as they push to the end of the year. The biggest news since the last time we checked in is that there are now four birders who have passed Neil Hayward’s 2013 mark of 749, at least [read more…]

ABA Big Year Update: Three Past the Record

The end of 2016 is only 5 weeks away and the Big Year birders are not slowing down at all. The last few weeks have seen a handful of noteworthy rarities in the ABA Area that have left the four bust as they travel around the US and Canada. The biggest news of the month [read more…]

ABA Area Big Year Update: 8 Weeks to Go!

With only about 8 weeks left on the calendar, our four birders are nearing the end of the 2016 Big Year chase, a fact no doubt appreciated by friends, family, and significant others. But in the first 10 months of this year, all four have put up some incredible numbers, and undoubtedly made a lot [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find Jen Brumfield‘s lovely cover illustration in their mailboxes over the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years: Early October Vagrant Chasing

Big Year birders are trickling back from western Alaska, as the meat of the rarity season comes to a close there, and just in time for the excitement of peak rarity season in the rest of the continent. By early October, most ABA Area breeding birds that spend the winter in Central and South America [read more…]

ABA Area Big Year Update: September, and Everyone Goes to Alaska

For a Big Year birder, 9 months in means that most all of the regularly occurring ABA Area breeding birds have been tallied. September is the beginning of rarity season, which means that any birder with the hopes of a sizeable Big Year list needs to put themselves in position to sweep up as many [read more…]

ABA Area Big Year Update: August, and Four over 700

This year has been exceptional for Big Year birders. Not only have two birders broken the previous ABA Area Big Year record set by Neil Hayward in 2013, but this year also marks the first in which four birders have cracked 700 in the ABA Area. By all objective standards, 2016 has been a very [read more…]

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