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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 5

Monterey Harbor, Monterey, California
Monterey Harbor, Monterey, California – photo by Greg Miller


We made it! Over 500 species for my Big Year tours with Wildside Nature Tours. This is trip #8 out of 11 one-week trips designed to see 500 or more species in the Lower 48 States in one calendar year…with tour participants. We have already reached our mark and we have 3 more trips still to come.

Today we did a pelagic trip–a trip to sea just to see birds that live only there. We did it with Debi Shearwater out of Monterey. We explored several canyons. What birds did we add?

  • 500 – Pink -footed Shearwater
  • 501 – Black-footed Albatross
  • 502 – Rhinoceros Auklet,
  • 503 – Cassin’s Auklet

Haha. I just fell asleep three times while typing this list. I think that is a sign that I should go to bed. With that, I will sign off.

Tomorrow is our last full of birding, Man, these trips jut blow right past!

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