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Costa Rica Trip – Preliminary

Linda and I are leaving for Costa Rica Thursday evening, Nov. 21. We were invited to a destination wedding in Tamarindo, which is one of the main beach areas in the North Pacific that Americans and Europeans journey to for … Continue reading

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Feb 18, 2012

Making me look like Carnac the Magnificent, last Saturday (Feb 18, 2012) Brian Patteson, the Admiral of the Atlantic,  had a Black-browed Albatross only one mile out from Hatteras Inlet that  stayed with his boat for forty-five minutes!  It was … Continue reading

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Great Skua – February or December?

Wes Hatch asked if I would advise trying for Great Skua in February or wait till December like I did last year.  I would strongly recommend going on one of Brian Patteson’s February trips.  This is the traditional and your … Continue reading

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Reflections on Feb. 11, 2012

If I were to have attempted a full-blown ABA Big Year in 2012, I would be off to a strong start.  My year would have begun in Anchorage and I’d remain there until I saw the Dusky Thrush. It was … Continue reading

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Hypothetical Big Year – 2012

There were some truly exciting birds in the ABA area this January that would have impressively launched someones Big Year.  I’ve been keeping taps on these birds and noting whether they’re chasable or not.  I’ll publish a hypothetical list in … Continue reading

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Is Anyone Attempting a “Full Blown” ABA Big Year in 2012?

Just wondering if anyone is attempting a “Full Blown” ABA Big Year in 2012?  This January has started out with a bang, certainly more rarities than last January.  The Common Chaffinch and LaSagra’s Flycatcher on the East coast are exciting.  Texas … Continue reading

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January 11, 2012

Folks, I’ve been negligent in approving comments until just now. Sorry about that.  I was slammed with a nasty cold that hit just before year end. Can’t complain though as it was my first cold or illness of 2011.  Anyway … Continue reading

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Big Year 2011 – Final Chapter

The Big Year is finished. Soon I’ll slip back into relative anonymity. But while I still have your attention, I would like to reflect on this very special year.  It’s been one huge wild, crazy ride.  Day one provided a … Continue reading

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Day 365

I suppose it was meant to end this way.  One last chase accompanied by my brother Bill.  Bill was with me on the first chase of the year and now was along my side here in Arizona for the last … Continue reading

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No Smew in Toronto

Today was a long day which began in Norfolk, VA at 4:30 AM Eastern Time and ended at 11:55 AM Rocky Mountain time in Phoenix.  In between I visited Whitby Harbor to try for the Smew.  Jean Iron and Ron … Continue reading

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