Lost Among The Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself In One Very Big Year by Neil HaywardLost Among The Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself In One Very Big Year by Neil Hayward

Lost Among The Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself In One Very Big Year

byNeil Hayward

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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An adventurous and charming story of one birdwatcher's record-setting Big Year.

Early in 2013, Neil Hayward was at a crossroads: the British-born biotech executive had left a lucrative job in Cambridge, Massachusetts because it was no longer fulfilling, yet he was having trouble moving forward with his consulting business. He loved his girlfriend Gerri, but he was still working through his angst over his ex-girlfriend Anna having left him because their life together was no longer fun. He had wanted to tell Anna he would change, but he didn't really believe he could. How could he trust his relationship with Gerri would not end badly too? Birdwatching was a lifelong passion for Neil, especially after he happened upon a copy of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America while he was an undergraduate at Oxford University. He had fallen in love with whole families of birds he had never seen in Europe: hummingbirds, tanagers, and myriad flycatchers. Suddenly unmoored professionally, he now had the time and resources to participate in the Big Year birding competition, travelling 250,000 miles across 28 states and 6 Canadian provinces to see as many bird species as possible.
     Neil thought he was losing himself in pursuit of the Great Gray Owl, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Yellow-billed Magpie, and New Mexico Blue-footed Booby. But along the way, he found a renewed sense of confidence, hope, and joy--and set a record at 749 species!
NEIL HAYWARD is a graduate of Oxford University and has a Ph.D. in genetics from Cambridge University. He joined a start-up biotech company and moved to the United States more than ten years ago. In 2011, he left his job and set up a biotech consulting company. He was the winner of the 2013 Big Year competition and is the field trip co...
Title:Lost Among The Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself In One Very Big YearFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.43 × 5.8 × 1.25 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1632865793

ISBN - 13:9781632865793


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Journey Living vicariously through Heyward is invigorating even for those of use without his keen interest in birds.
Date published: 2017-01-10

Editorial Reviews

"As we follow Hayward from Key West to Vancouver, the Pribilofs to Texas, we are treated to his trenchant observations of the human worlds he encounters along the way, a wonderful leavening of avian tidbits, and sheer wonder at some of the species he sees . . . Readers will be intrigued and inspired." - starred review, Booklist"Neil Hayward's prose is disarmingly honest--I found it piercing and fascinating, with its seamless blend of memoir, gentle wisdom and bird-revelations. This is a nature cure for bird-geeks: a hilarious adventure that reignites the will to live, to love and to follow the bird-balm of The Big Year." - Miriam Darlington, author of OTTER COUNTRY"Hayward is a remarkable observer--not only of birds and landscapes, but also of human nature. His keen insights and candid introspection, with a fine balance of humor and poignancy, elevate this story to something more than a mere birding tale, and you don't have to know a thing about birds to love this book." - Kenn Kaufman, author of KINGBIRD HIGHWAY"It's a delight to join brilliant, witty Neil Hayward on this year-long, madcap dash through some of America's weirdest, wildest places. And while chasing rare birds yields excitement aplenty, his story shares even more: these are transformative journeys. The author's feathered quarry give his broken life wings." - Sy Montgomery, author of BIRDOLOGY"A quirky, entertaining and often surprising account of how one man pitted himself against the ultimate North American birding challenge--and won!" - Stephen Moss, naturalist and author of BIRDS BRITANNIA"Birders and non-birders alike will relate to his search for fulfillment and his delight in the simple joy that comes from seeing the unexpected. A dryly witty account of one birder's quest for a record-breaking Big Year, and the simple joy it afforded him." - Shelf Awareness for Readers"[T]he birding tales are very good -- exactly the kind you want from a book like this . . . Most of us will never attempt a Big Year; LOST AMONG THE BIRDS will make you glad that Neil Hayward did." - Hipster Birder"Written in Hayward's self-ironic yet disarmingly friendly style, this is an absorbing memoir and Big Year book. Hayward smartly re-crafts the birding adventures related in his Accidental Big Year blog to create a different kind of narrative . . . The book tells about these quests within the framework of Hayward's personal journey . . . and the surprising ways in which his birding obsession made his life whole." - 10,000 Birds"Inherently interesting and impressively well written, organized and presented, LOST AMONG THE BIRDS: ACCIDENTALLY FINDING MYSELF IN ONE VERY BIG YEAR is especially recommended as an enduringly popular addition to community library collections." - Midwest Book Review"LOST is the best Big Year story I've read, a blend of a man trying to find birds and his emotional footing." - Everett Herald