[TN-Bird] ABA Big Year

  • From: Terry Witt <terrywitt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:39:01 -0800 (PST)

Regarding the discussion over Sandy Komito's total for his big year in 1998:

He recorded a total of 745 for the year

4 birds that he saw that year were under consideration after the end of his year
Usually it takes several years for the state committees to decide upon any 

3 were subsequently added to the official ABA list and one was not

By ABA rules, those 3 should all be added to his year list

This is the ABA rules and has nothing to do with
Sandy Komito, John Vanderpohl, or Babe Ruth

These were not proposed splits, or introduced species, but new birds to the ABA 

You may not like or agree with the ABA Big Year rules, but if you play their 
game, those are the rules you should honor


Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn  
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