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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!

Pacific Northwest – Day 2

Dreary driving conditions on Seattle roads - 10/14/2016
Dreary driving conditions on Seattle roads – 10/14/2016 – photo by Greg Miller

 

Storms today continued to make conditions difficult for birding. The combination of wind and rain is tough to find birds. The remnants of typhoon Songda have not yet reached the Washington Coast.

 

Trees along Seattle streets are in full color
Trees along Seattle streets are in full color – photo by Greg Miller

 

Although some of the driving was dreary, soggy, and gray, a few streets were lined with trees in full autumn color.

 

Discovery Park. Seattle WA. 10/14/2016
Discovery Park. Seattle WA. 10/14/2016 – photo by Greg Miller

 

We started birding today in Nisqually NWR, then stopped at the mouth of the Cedar River, and Marymoor Park, and ended the day at Discovery Park in Seattle. Although we did not add any new birds for the year we did have a birding highlight–a Varied Thrush!

 

Varied Thrush. Discovery Park. Seattle WA. 10/14/2016
Varied Thrush. Discovery Park. Seattle WA. 10/14/2016 – photo by Denny Lesko

 

This concludes the 9th tour of 11 one-week tours for my Big Year with Wildside Nature Tours. We have 520 species for the year and 127 species for the trip. This has been a fun week that has whooshed by all too quickly.

Tomorrow participants are flying out of Seattle. I will be joining them. Soon I’ll be on the road again after 3 full days at home. Next comes the Fall Festival at Cape May, then the New Jersey Big Year Tour, and the Rio Grand Valley Birding Festival, and finally the Rio Grande Valley Big Year Tour.

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