Day 259 – “You’re the Juan that I want…ooh, ooh, ooh, the Juan I need…Oh yes, indeed!!!

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Welcome Hawaii to the ABA Region!! Calm, clear seas were in order today for the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Pelagic. A group of lucky birders got an unexpected surprise. Led by Lance Tanino, many of us helped to spot some great birds.

We thought it was going to be a boring day. Instead, we had 2 Pteredroma species–3 Juan Fernandez Petrels and a Black-winged Petrel. We also had 2 Bulwer’s Petrels, a Newell’s Shearwater, a South Polar Skua, countless Sooty Shearwaters, Sooty Terns, a White-tailed Tropicbird and 3 Brown Boobies!!

I can’t wait to see what else we might find out there on Sunday!

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  1. Nicholas Warner says:

    Hi Yve, So after the 16th September does this mean you now hold the new ANA record ??
    I thought the current record was or is 749 and you seemed to have smashed it.
    Are congratulations are in order….
    Nick

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Hi Nick,
      The new record was set by John Weigel last year at 780 plus 3 provisionals. He beat the previous record of 749. Just amazing!

  2. James says:

    Hey Yve! I’m a 13 year old young border who’s been following your progress ever since I found the blog in August. I actually went back and read every entry! You beat my life list of 104 in just two days. I’ve followed yours and the stoll brothers every checklist on eBird, read and watched the Big Year, and listened to all ten hours of the audiobook by Neil Hayward “Lost Among the Birds”. Keep it up, and I hope to see the next entry soon 🙂

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      Hi James,
      You made my day. I’m really happy to inspire young birders. Keep it up and let me know if I can ever help you in any way with your birding!

      1. James says:

        Thanks for responding! Seems like a made a bit of a typo, whoops. I’m super excited that I’m now on the Top 100 list for my county this year, both after only starting in July, not being here all August, and, perhaps most importantly, getting parental approval for any birding venture. I am counting down the days until my first visit to Tucson in February (we go there annually, but missed this year) since becoming a birder. Good luck with the rest of your Big Year, and I’ll be following along as well.

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