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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 4

California Condor along Highway 1 near Big Sur, CA
California Condor along Highway 1 near Big Sur, CA – photo by Greg Miller

 

Sooooooo close! We added two more species to the year list bringing the year total to 499 species. Today we added Black-vented Shearwater and California Condor.

Scenic Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur California
Scenic Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur California – photo by Greg Miller

 

The drive started out in beautiful Big Sur. But as we headed south we could see the smoke from the forest fires in the area. All the local forest roads are closed as well as the parks in the area. Highway 1 is still open. We were fortunate to find the condors at this roadside pullout.

 

Happy group after seeing California Condors with smoke of forest fires in the background
Happy group after seeing California Condors with smoke of forest fires in the background – photo by Donna Lamke

 

Tomorrow we are taking a pelagic trip with Debi Shearwater. It will be like a Big Year reunion. <grin> On September 5, 1998 during my Big Year, I took a pelagic trip with Debi of epic proportions. Yep. It was a 1 in 10,000 trip. I got on the boat with a year total of 696 species. I exited the boat with 701 species. What were those species I added?

  • 697 – Craveri’s Murrelet
  • 698 – South Polar Skua
  • 699 – Flesh-footed Shearwater
  • 700 – Red-billed Tropicbird
  • 701 – Xantus’s Murrelet

Trips like this keep one coming out to sea!

We finished the day on 17-mile Drive on the Monterey peninsula. It is awesomely beautiful!

Shoreline along 17-mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula
Shoreline along 17-mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula – photo by Greg Miller

 

Dreaming of 500. It’s gonna happen tomorrow.

Gotta go make some PB&J sandwiches…

 

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