I very rarely- if ever, write reviews of books I have read, but something about this one made me want to say something.
I found this book quite entertaining, and vaguely irritating at the same time.
The number of birds seen, and the distances travelled are quite impressive, yet the behaviour of the author I found to be odd- particularly as he calls himself a scientist, (although I suppose this odd behavior is part of the point of writing the book).
An example of the "odd" behaviour occurs on page 101, where he describes "shutting down":
"I re-learned the long forgotten ability to simply "shut down". It is not exactly sleep and it is not exactly consciousness, but a state wherein the outside world seems far away and time no longer exists."
Another thing I found odd and slightly irritating about the book as a whole is the supposed rivalry with Lee Evans. It seemed like the only one really taking this "rivalry" seriously was the author. This Lee Evans character is almost certainly another oddball, but seemed be just going about his yearly business of seeing more birds than anyone else.
I own a book by Lee Evans, which is useful and informative in a way that this book could never be.
On the whole, the book, and the year list competition that the author took part in, seem to be about one man's ego, rather than a rivalry between two.