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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!

Bay Area California – Day 1

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA – photo by Greg Miller


Ahh. California! More stunning scenery. More cool views. More great birds. What’s not to like? This is our 8th tour out of 11 one-week tours for this year. It was sunny and pleasant today. We got in a little birding this afternoon and evening after everyone arrived. We headed directly to Oakland to chase after the reported Bar-tailed Godwit. And Bam! We got it.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit PhoneSkoped with Leica 65 telescope and iPhone 4s. – photo by Greg Miller


We came into this week with a total of 489 species for the year. Today we added 4 more species (Chestnut-backed Chickadee, California Towhee, Sooty Shearwater, and Bar-tailed Godwit). Our new total is now 493. 500 is looking better every day!


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