Chasing Birds across Texas: A Birding Big Year

Overview

On the morning of January 1, 2000, Mark T. Adams started counting birds. His goal was to find the largest possible number of species in one year in Texas, an undertaking known in birding parlance as a Big Year. By the evening of December 31, he had tied the record of 489 species seen or heard within the state’s borders in a single calendar year. Traveling 30,000 miles across Texas by car and 18,000 miles by plane, Adams alone saw 92 percent of all bird species reported in the ...

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Overview

On the morning of January 1, 2000, Mark T. Adams started counting birds. His goal was to find the largest possible number of species in one year in Texas, an undertaking known in birding parlance as a Big Year. By the evening of December 31, he had tied the record of 489 species seen or heard within the state’s borders in a single calendar year. Traveling 30,000 miles across Texas by car and 18,000 miles by plane, Adams alone saw 92 percent of all bird species reported in the state in 2000.

In Chasing Birds across Texas, Adams invites birders and others with a broad interest in the outdoors to join him in exploring Texas’ varied habitats on his quest for birds—from the upper coast to the lower coast; into the Hill Country, the Panhandle, and the Chihuahuan Desert; and up the Davis, Chisos, and Guadalupe Mountains. As he happily celebrates the bounty of the Valley’s spring migration or desperately searches for a Panhandle rarity, we watch him grow as a naturalist, exult in the Texas landscape, and benefit from the company of some of the world’s best birders.

Informative, inspiring, and great fun, Chasing Birds across Texas conveys as perhaps no other bird book can the humor, obsession, dedication, and adventure that are all part of the sport of birding.

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Editorial Reviews

Kaufman
"What could be bigger than a full year of tracking down every bird in the fabulous state of Texas? Join ace birder Mark Adams on this play-by-play of how he did it. A great ride and a great read."-
Texas Co-op Power
The book is an odd adventure story, one that those who love birds and Texas geography will savor. Adams continually used his scientific instincts and knowledge to report his observations.
From The Critics
. . . this year's best entry. Adams is not the first to attempt tofind the most birds ever in a year in Texas, nor will he be the last, but he surely has written a good account of the journey. From the pine siskins feeding in his own backyard in the Davis Mountains on New Year's Day to the long-eared owls missed on the 366th day in the Panhandle, this is a great read.
San Antonio Express-News
. . . this year's best entry. Adams is not the first to attempt tofind the most birds ever in a year in Texas, nor will he be the last, but he surely has written a good account of the journey. From the pine siskins feeding in his own backyard in the Davis Mountains on New Year's Day to the long-eared owls missed on the 366th day in the Panhandle, this is a great read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585442966
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series , #35
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark T. Adams is an astronomer by trade and works at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia. He serves as subregional director for the Trans-Pecos for North American Birds, published by the American Birding Association, and conducts Breeding Bird Survey counts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Birth of a Birder and a Texas Big Year 8
Ch. 2 Starting Close to Home 19
Ch. 3 The Rio Grande Valley in Winter 29
Ch. 4 Pursuing Varied Thrush 41
Ch. 5 Home and Away Games 48
Ch. 6 Northeast Texas Rarities 58
Ch. 7 A Long Weekend in the Pineywoods 65
Ch. 8 Big Year Nemesis Number One: Painted Redstart 72
Ch. 9 Dawn at the Lek 76
Ch. 10 Into the Ooze 84
Ch. 11 Spring Migration 89
Ch. 12 The Road to Four Hundred Species 103
Ch. 13 West Texas Bounty 114
Ch. 14 Late Spring in the Rio Grande Valley 122
Ch. 15 Strategies and Surprises 129
Ch. 16 Big Year Nemesis Number Two: Louisiana Waterthrush 137
Ch. 17 Into the Gulf of Mexico 141
Ch. 18 Among Butterflies and Friends 148
Ch. 19 Red Birds in August 153
Ch. 20 Adventures while Chasing a Long-tailed Jaeger 157
Ch. 21 Welcoming the Invaders 162
Ch. 22 Studies in Pain: American Golden-Plover and Yellow Rail 173
Ch. 23 Two West Texas Gifts 181
Ch. 24 Of Owls and Cranes 187
Ch. 25 Frantic December Days 190
Ch. 26 Chasing to the End 202
Ch. 27 Reflections on a Texas Big Year 214
App. A Texas Big Year Species List 221
App. B Other Species Seen in Texas in 2000 241
Index 247
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