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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:04pm PT
Everyone see the movie The Big Year?

I propose that we do one here on the Taco. Starting March 1st 2012 ending Feb. 28th 2013. Anyone can join anytime between those dates.

-Bird sitings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.
-Sighting can include call/ songs.
-Pictures are an added bonus and should be posted, but we all believe in integrity so this is based on your word and logs.

-Whom ever sees the most birds wins the admiration of the rest of us.
-Maybe a sushifest in the Desert next year for grins and awards. Nature...

-No domesticated birds (Crimpy and Brassie)

-Open to other suggested rules/ guidelines.

-Bird feeders are OK.

Who's in?


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
I read the book years ago and loved it. It's been on my netflix queue for too long (will be available 2/28/2012). I'd be in to play this if others are. Sounds like fun Prod.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
I figured that you 2 were a given. Isn't DR. F. Some sort of a bird guy? Maybe we can get him off politics for a few posts.

Could be interesting seeing different regional birds.


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
He does pop up on the Birds thread for sure. You ought to cross-post this for the birders there.

We need to get you some more feeders!

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
I don't read many funny books but that one was hilarious.
Recommended if you need to add some humor to your usually serious reading list.

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
I'll play I love birds and my little girl loves em.

Has to be on your property only? How about in your neighborhood? We see a lot more walking, but it's your game.

Cool idea Prod.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
Ok how about with in walking distance from your house. Meaning you walked from your house and saw a bird. If you drove down the street, or rode your bike, and saw a bird it don't count. Yeah I like that rule. How about you Silver?


Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
Sounds good too me I live in the oldest neighborhood in Reno with the most trees. It is full of all sorts of bird life. I saw a hawk take a scrub jay the other day in flight. I just was blown away the scrub never saw it coming and the hawk just curbed the jay and with one peck it was over.

Prod good stuff thanks for considering the neighborhood option and I agree you have to walk it no driving.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
We are all birders here.

I just read the book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it mucho. The movie I enjoyed, although it was more Hollywoodicized, i.e. not as good.

OK, back yard or neighborhood?

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:47pm PT
I might play along. My yard list is pretty danged good, especially given the yard's small size.

Why 13 months?

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 09:05pm PT
Sweet! The walking rule makes it even better. I may start walking instead of working here with my face smashed against the window.

Trad climber
Feb 26, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Credit: not mine - for info purposes only
I'm not really a birder, nor do I own property - so I guess that disqualifies me but

I'm currently bicycling down the length of Mexico. I just peddled thru the island village of Mexcaltitan, somewhat south of Mazatlan - roughly on the mainland, across from the tip of baja -
I've since learned that this is considered a birders paradise. Anyway, as the sun was setting over the lake I was sitting on the balcony of my hotel watching birds. I think I counted more than 30 species (they say there are over 300 in this area) including blue herons, sand hill cranes, egrets, pelicans, spoonbill rosarios (kind of like a pink flaminco) cormorants, sand pipers vultures, friget birds, coots ducks of various sorts, and many more that I don't recall right now. The next day I also saw a 12 foot long crocodile less than 6 feet from the road. All very cool - although I may have a problem sleeping on the beach from now on given the croc - ha ha

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:35pm PT

Clarification here, Prod man. Can I drive somewhere else, but
be on foot and count them? Or does it just have to be from my yard, or
the distance I can walk from my yard?

(You gotta be specific for dummies like me)!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
Beautiful Roseate Spoonbill! They are such treats to see. I've only seen then in the Houston area and every time it causes the same thoughts: "Wow, a Flamingo! WAYDAMINUTE! There are not Flamingo's a Spoonbill!"

Thanks for sharing.

edit: Another point of clarification...if we are on travel for business and at a hotel, do the birds we see there count? (I will be out of town when this begins).

31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
I'm in as soon as I get home. I am on my way, probably four more days before I am there.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
So, when we each report our bird, we need to id the bird and the location, correct?

Maybe what we can do is two Big Years: One for backyard (or very near) birds, and one for birds away from the home. Thoughts?

Trad climber
Feb 26, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
The movie has a all star cast of funny people
Jack Black
Owen Wilson
Steve Martin
John Cleese
Brian Dennehy
Anjelica Huston
and more.

You're not supposed to annouce you're having a Big Year remember!
john hansen

Feb 27, 2012 - 12:02am PT
I have been trying to rent that movie for the last two weeks, cant wait to see it.
I agree with crimpie there should be an alternate list of all birds seen on any trip any where,, think we could reach 1000? I bet all of us together might only make 500..

Birding is hard work, but a lot of fun.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Calls have to be countenanced. How else ya gonna tell a Cassin's from a
Botteri's sparrow, to mention a few? Besides, for us visually challenged
it wouldn't be fair otherwise, would it?

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:14am PT
I really like the idea, but do most of my birding on my bike ride to work. I don't see much variety around the home feeders (chickadees, finches, juncos, phoebes, warblers, nuttall's woodpeckers, nut hatches, doves, jays, sparrows, and an occasional cooper's hawk, so wouldn't do too well if limited to that.
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