Big Year Standings

Big Years are monumental efforts of planning, networking, and birding. Here are the top efforts recorded so far in the ABA area. 2017 contenders are in bold.


1. John Weigel - 780+3 (2016- Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck)
2. Olaf Danielson - 776+2 (2016- Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck)
3. Laura Keene - 759+3 (2016- Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher, Common Shelduck)
4. Christian Hagenlocher - 750+2 (2016- Cuban Vireo, Pine Flycatcher)
5. Neil Hayward - 749 (2013)
6. Sandy Komito - 748 (1998)
7. John Vanderpoel - 743 (2011)
–––Ruben Stoll - 741+3 (9/3; Black-backed Oriole, Thick-billed Warbler & Cassia Crossbill)
–––Victor Stoll - 741+3 (9/3; Black-backed Oriole, Thick-billed Warbler & Cassia Crossbill)

–––Yve Morrell - 737+4 (9/13; Cassia Crossbill, Black-backed Oriole, Thick-billed Warbler & Pied Wheatear)

8. Jay Lehman - 734 (2013)
9. Robert Ake - 731 (2010)
10. Lynn Barber - 723 (2008)
11. Sandy Komito - 722 (1987)
–––Gaylee Dean - 718+2 (9/18)
–––Richard Dean - 715+2 (9/2185)
12. Greg Miller - 715 (1998)
12. Dan Sanders - 715 (2005)
14. William Rydell - 714 (1992)
15. Brandon Reo - 712 (2015)
16. Al Levantin - 711 (1998)
16. Steve Perry - 711 (1987)
18. Benton Basham - 710 (1983)
19. John Spahr - 704 (2010)
19. Chris Hitt - 704 (2010) *Lower 48 only
21. James Vardaman - 699 (1979)

*Big Year numbers are listed as ABA birds + provisional. Provisional species were new to the ABA Area and so not on that years ABA checklist, and are still awaiting listing by the state records committee and ABA Checklist Committee. Acceptance by the relevant BRC can move birders up in the rankings and we will update this list accordingly. Please send updates or corrections to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks to Chris Hitt for his help tracking down these numbers and helping us keep them updated.