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A Big Manhattan Year: Tales of Competitive Birding Paperback – 31 Mar 2013
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About the Author
David Barrett earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard, and did graduate work in mathematics at MIT and in finance at the University of Chicago. His career has been as a trader and hedge fund manager. Other interests include computer science, bodybuilding, scenic photography, and, of course, birding. His lifetime total of 251 bird species in Manhattan, where he lives, places him second on eBird’s all-time list as of November 2016.
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It should be mentioned that this appears to be a self-published book, with a number of minor errors (extra words, missing words, a Blue-eyed Vireo, etc.). The author could have probably cleaned this up with an extra read-through before printing. It would have also been nice to have a few pictures from his adventures or a graphic showing the locations frequently mentioned in the text. Sure, I could have found a map elsewhere, as the author suggested, but I would have rather had one somewhere in the book.
Some readers might be put off by some of the author's intensity. He is frustrated when birders do not promptly report rare birds, even to the point of being "furious". I also wondered if this competition might have been largely in his own mind. We really have no proof that Farnsworth or any of the other "competitors" were actually doing a big year or even cared about the ebird rankings. Nevertheless, Barrett treated the ebird "Top Birders" as a serious competition, and I'm glad he stayed true to his feelings in the book rather than downplay the intensity he obviously felt. If he ever stepped over the line in this regard, I thought he made up for it by the genuine respect he showed for other members of the birding community.