John Vanderpoel has seen his 733rd bird in the ABA-area this year, good for the second biggest big year ever.  Will he find enough to take the top spot?  It seems pretty unlikely that he will add sixteen more species by 31 December but stranger things have happened. You can read about the amazing 2011 that John has had on his blog.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.