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

birder at pottersaylor.com birder at pottersaylor.com
Sun Dec 8 16:31:18 PST 2019


Thanks for this!

Also:

'Birding on Borrowed Time’ by Phoebe Snetsinger

‘To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, A Son, and a Lifelong Obsession’ by Dan Koeppel

‘Big Year: A Romance of Birding and Flying’ by Sanford L. Cooper (self-published, my dad’s cousin!)

Mary Saylor
Issaquah


> On Dec 7, 2019, at 3:00 PM, Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Hi Tweeters,

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> 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

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

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> 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)

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

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

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> The Feather Quest (1992) by Pete Dunne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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> 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 <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 <mailto:bkwulf at gmail.com>)

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> Birding Without Borders (2017) by Noah Strycker

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> 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)

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

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