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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!

Mid Atlantic – Day 3

The Lighthouse at Barnegat Light, NJ
The Lighthouse at Barnegat Light, NJ – photo by Greg Miller


Day 3 of the Mid Atlantic Big Year Tour (the 10th of 11 one-week tours I am doing with Wildside Nature Tours) is complete. Four species have been added since the tour began: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-tailed Duck, Great Cormorant, and Purple Sandpiper. The Year total stands at 524 species.

Today we drove from Allentown, PA to Sandy Hook, NJ. We missed the Northern Shrike there. In the afternoon we headed south to Barnegat Light, NJ and walked out the jetty to look for birds in the channel as well as out on the Atlantic Ocean. Here we added 3 of the 4 birds listed above.

The day was brisk and chilly with a steady wind out of the Northwest. And again, the scenery was gorgeous. Just look at the finishing sunset near Pleasantville, NJ.

Sunset near Pleasantville, NJ
Sunset near Pleasantville, NJ – photo by Greg Miller

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