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In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA, while trying to hold down a full-time job, aspiring to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. "The Big Year," a novel by Mark Obmascik detailed his travails alongside two competitors. The book was later turned into a movie of the same title that starred Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson!

Montana Day 5

American Avocet feeding
American Avocet feeding at Bowdoin NWR – photo by Chris Brown

 

Montana Day 5 is history. Was it a great day? Well, yes. Yes it was. The people who missed Gray Partridge last night got to see it today. And we found a Mountain Plover. And several Sharp-tailed Grouse (including babies!). And more Sprague’s Pipits (this time displaying) and Baird’s Sparrows, Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs, Ferruginous and Swainson’s Hawks, and a Clark’s Grebe. Bam!

Bowdoin NWR had a spectacular number of waterfowl
Bowdoin NWR had a spectacular number of waterfowl – photo by Greg Miller

 

The water was blanketed with Eared Grebes. They were everywhere.

We had 93 species on the day bringing our trip total to 147 species. And  the Big Year total is now 422 species. The views today represented the prairies and potholes of the Northern Great Plains. One can see for miles and miles. And the Montana Big Sky is displaying in all its beauty.

Big Year Tour participants looking at Mountain Plover
Big Year Tour participants looking at Mountain Plover – photo by Greg Miller

 

Check out the remaining tours at bigyeartours.com. Read live updates here at bigyearblog.com. And we are doing these tours to help support the ABA Young Birders program. You can read about them at youngbirders.aba.org.

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