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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…]

Big Year Birding at the End of the World: Attu 2016, Part 2

Catch up with Part 1 here.

We crossed Semichi Pass overnight and were back in Casco Cove at sunrise. We started birding with high hopes, and after just a few minutes we flushed an Eyebrowed Thrush from a willow on the west side of the cove. We also flushed a snipe from alongside a small [read more…]

ICYMI: The big Big Year debate: What’s the number to beat, anyway?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by Ted Floyd and Greg Neise that [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years: July Update and a Record Broken

From the beginning of the year, that Neil Hayward’s 2013 ABA Big Year record of 748 was going to be overtaken never seemed to be in doubt. Hayward was the beneficiary of a great many new species in the ABA Area, from both splits and introduced exotics (including one mid-year split that all birders have [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years: June Update

We’re just about halfway through 2016 now, and the three birders we featured last time are still pushing onward towards their goal of 700, and in the case of a couple, to beat Neil Hayward’s record of 749, set in 2013. The impressive year continues as rarities continue to turn up around the ABA Area [read more…]

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