Birder's Guide

OCT 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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32 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2015 2014 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There wasn't really anyone who made a true ABA Big Year effort, but with the recent acceptance of Rufous-necked Wood-Rail by the ABA Checklist Com- mittee, Neil Hayward's 2013 effort was confrmed as the new ABA Big Year champion at 749 species. Also of note, Macklin Smith of Michigan became the frst birder to report a life list of over 900 species in the ABA Area, with 910 as of this writ- ing. Paul Sykes and Larry Peavler are right behind, each with 896 species. Among the county listers, Camden Bruner submitted the highest annual county list total for the year, with 301 species for Humboldt, CA. The highest county life list in the ABA Area was submitted by Don Robertson, with 460 species in Monterey, CA. There were 8 ABA Area Big Days submitted for 2014, among them a new state record for Montana (197), set by Radd Icenoggle, Forrest Rowland, Tom Forwood, and Andrew Guttenberg, on June 2. On May 21, Nick Bonomo, Patrick Dugan, Frank Gallo, Dave Tripp, and Fran Zyg- mont tallied 188 species on a Connect- icut big day, coming very close to their 2011 record day (192 species). 55,487 Total Ticks ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– That's how many list totals 2,045 ABA members have entered into Listing Central as of August 1, 2015. Interestingly, while the number of people entering totals has increased quite a bit since the last Big Day & List Report was printed on paper (2011), the number of members submit- ting ABA Area life lists has remained about the same. In 2011, there were 781; today there are 998 … and that's with the threshold removed. Where things have really taken off is county lists: 21,374 have been entered into the system. One thing that is being under- utilized is the comments sections for all of the lists, and I think this may be because people just don't realize what the button is for. In the "Actions" column in every list category (except Big Days), there are two icons. One looks like a speech bubble in a comic strip, and the other is a silhouette of a person. The silhouette will go to that per- son's profle page, with all of their entered list totals available on one screen. The speech bubble is the com- ments icon. Clicking that allows you to add notes, updates, and pictures to any list total. It's neat to go through and see what other's milestones or latest lifers were. So click on over to, and update, or enter, your list totals… and don't for- get to tell us what your latest addi- tions were in the comments! Greg Neise Berwyn, Illinois Listing Central Update "List notes" for the author's ABA Area Life List. All lists have note felds that can be updated as frequently as you like; these can be seen by everyone visiting Listing Central.

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