[Tweeters] list of 'big year' books (vicarious birding on a rainy day)

Lonnie Somer mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Sat Dec 7 15:00:47 PST 2019


Hi Tweeters,

I've typed up a list of my 'Big Year' birding books in chronological order
just now, mostly in an attempt to avoid the actual work that I should be
doing. If you know of any that I left out, please pass the titles along to
me. Thanks,

Lonnie Somer
Seattle


Wild America (1955) by Roger Tory Peterson & James Fisher

Call Collect, Ask for Birdman (1980) by James M. Vardaman His attempt to be
the first birder in the ABA region to see 700 species in one year)

The Loonatic Journals (1987) by Steven Perry (self-published and difficult
to acquire now)

Birding's Indiana Jones: A Chaser's Diary (1990) by Sandy Komito (first of
two big year autobiographies)

The Feather Quest (1992) by Pete Dunne

A Year for the Birds (1995) by William B. Rydell, Jr.

Kingbird Highway: The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of
Hand (1997) by Kenn Kaufman

I Came, I Saw, I Counted (1999) by Sandy Komito (second of two big year
autobiographies)

Chasing Birds Across Texas: A Birding Big Year (2003) by Mark T. Adams

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession (2004) by Mark
Obmascik

The Big Twitch (2005) by Sean Dooley (a big year in Australia)

Arrivals and Rivals (2005) by Adrian M. Rliey (a birding competition in the
UK)

BirdWatchingWatching (2009) by Alex Horne (a British son challenges his
father to a big year competition)

The Reluctant Twitcher: A Quite Truthful Account of My Birding Big Year
(2009) by Richard Pope (an Ontario big year)

The Jewel Hunter (2010) by Chris Gooddie (the author’s attempt to see every
species of pitta in one year)

The Biggest Twitch: Around the World in 4,000 Birds (2010) by Alan Davies
and Ruth Miller

Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year (2011) by Lynn E. Barber

Wild Birding Colorado: The Big Year of 2010 (2012) by Cole Wild (with some
help from Nicholas Komar)

The Quest for 365: My Big Year in Memory of James Raygor (2012) by Peter J.
Makousky (self-published)

A Big Manhattan Year: Tales of Competitive Birding (2013) by David Barrett

Boobies, Peckers & Tits: One Man's Naked Perspective (2014) by Olaf
Danielson (his goal was to see all of these species while nude)

Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year
(2016) by Neil Hayward

Josh's Big Year: From Deserts to Jungles, a battle with Asperger's (2016)
by Josh Crickmay (beautiful self-published book; can be ordered directly
from Josh’s website at https://www.joshcrickmay.com which ships from his
home in South Africa or for less expensive S & H contact Brian Wulf at
bkwulf at gmail.com)

Birding Without Borders (2017) by Noah Strycker

Biking Birder 2016: A Green Birding Quest for 300 (2018) by Gary Brian
Prescott (60 year-old birder tries to see at least 300 species in the UK by
bike)

Falcon Freeway: A Big Year of Birding on a Budget (2019) by Christian
Hagenlocher
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