Unlimited [Christian Book] ☆ Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year - by Neil Hayward ✓

By Neil Hayward | Comments: ( 760 ) | Date: ( Sep 18, 2019 )

Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads He didn t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job He didn t want to think about his failed relationship with the one or his potential for ruining a new relationship with the next one And he almost certainly didn t want to think about turning forty And so instEarly in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads He didn t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job He didn t want to think about his failed relationship with the one or his potential for ruining a new relationship with the next one And he almost certainly didn t want to think about turning forty And so instead he went birding.Birding was a lifelong passion It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans But this time he also found competition His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year a race to find the most birds in one year His peregrinations across twenty eight states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost covered forest in Massachusetts to find a Fieldfare to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting s Flycatcher and to Vancouver for the Red flanked Bluetail Neil s Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental It was the perfect distraction to life.Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long standing Big Year record He also surprised himself During his time among the hummingbirds, tanagers, and boobies, he found a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it.


  • Title: Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year
  • Author: Neil Hayward
  • ISBN: 9781632865793
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year

  • Linda Schmidt

    I loved it! Being a birder myself it was fun to relive some of the places I've been and seen the exact same bird(s) Neil saw. I'm not too sure how much a non-birder would like this book but it was very entertaining and I'm glad Neil Hayward wrote about this adventures in his "Big Year."


  • Chris Leuchtenburg

    Following a Big Year is a special kind of thrill for birders like me. Hayward's sharp observations, British humor and lively writing style earn this book a place in the pantheon of Wild America, Kingbird Highway and The Big Year. However, the last hundred pages, which cover the last three months and the last 30 birds, drags. His anxieties about failed relationships, abandoned job and The Meaning of Life feel repetitive, and the crazy obsessiveness of seeking brief views of new birds all seem mor [...]


  • Maureen

    Loved the intertwining of birding and personal growth. Well-written! Very human Also loved zooming or walking around the country.


  • Robin

    Neil Hayward's book about his accidental Big Year is delightful if you are a birder but is so much more! If you suffer from depression,are facing a milestone birthday when you realize you aren't exactly where you want to be in life,if you are afraid of commitment or if you feel disconnected to "normal" people Neil's book will give you hope and inspiration. Neil is funny and self deprecating and so relatable. Like Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" and Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" Nei [...]


  • Wendi

    Not a quick read but the reader does get a sense of the excitement and frustration of chasing and waiting for birds, weather, luck. It took a long time for me to finish this book as I looked up every single bird Mr. Hayward talked about. So now I am hooked on looking at bird pictures, sort of a virtual birder. I am blown away by the patience and skill the photographers exercised to take such beautiful pictures. Birds are amazing! Thank you, Neil Hayward!


  • Beth

    I abandoned this book. I think you need to be a birder to enjoy it. I thought the relationship and personal parts of the story were interesting, but there was too little of that and too much about the birding for my taste. And the relationship part was even a little boring bc we didn't actually seem to learn anything about Gerri as a person or character in the story. I just was not interested in all the birding. But I still gave it two stars because it's not like it was a terrible book, just not [...]


  • Melissa Mcmasters

    I wanted to like this SO much more than I did! I think it would have benefited from being about half its current length. Some have commented that the relationship aspects of the book were a distraction, but I thought they might have been an interesting way to flesh out the Big Year had he offered any actual insight. Gerri doesn't come across as anything but an incredibly patient person--obviously a nice quality, but there's nothing to make you root for their relationship to succeed. She barely r [...]


  • Laura Lewakowski

    If you're a birder, you'll enjoy this. Guess I'm glad I'm not at that level yet!


  • Kristal Cooper

    This book was an absolute pleasure to read. Not only is it about some of my favorite subjects (birding, travel, epic personal quests), but the author deftly delivers the story, complete with drama, humor and tutelage. Hayward just knows how to write and I do believe birders and "normals" alike would enjoy reading about his experiences during 2013, when he "accidentally" broke the record for most species of wild birds seen in North America in a calendar year. He does a nice job of describing each [...]


  • Andy N

    Neil Hayward proves there is still room for "Big Year" stories. I worried that the 2011 film The Big Year (which I actually quite liked) might have been the capstone for this kind of book. Thankfully, Lost Among the Birds suggests this is not the case.Hayward is the real draw here. He's a gifted writer. He's funny, dry, and accessible. For me the best parts of the book were the details about his midlife crisis and struggles with depression. Of course, there's a birding story to be told as well, [...]


  • Highlandbird

    This is a fun read, if you are a birder, which I am of course. If you love the movie, Big Year, and you fantasize about doing your own North American Big Year, well this is the book for you. Neil Hayward weaves his own person story in with his Big Year, and manages to make it humorous and interesting. I am not sure this would be at all rewarding for non-birders, but it is more than just a Big Year book because Neil uses his Big Year to heal from a bad relationship, a stifling job and depression. [...]


  • Susie Rangel

    Fantastic read! Well okay if you are reading this because you are a bird enthusiast or perhaps wanting to be, it's fantastic! If you are reading this because it comes up when looking for books about depression, you won't like it. The story really only touches upon his struggle with depression, it's really much more about doing a Big Year. I have to say this book was a more enjoyable read than The Big Year but since they both touch on doing one, there are many similarities.


  • Peg Lotvin

    Another Big Year story. Interesting descriptions of very rare birds and where they are found, but the back story of the author's battle with depression kind of muted the excitement of seeing more birds in a year than anyone else. Seems like he feels better at the end of the year and who wouldn't: the mistreated girl friend is still there on Dec 31 keeping the home fires warm and the title of king of the birdwatchers is his.


  • Jim Tucker

    As a psychologist and life-long birder, Hayward's account is one of the most entertaining and informative birding books that I have read. The combination of detail and information leaves the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the personal and social nature of the sport of birding. the book is recommended for non-birders as well as those who are obsessed with the feathered creatures that inhabit our world.


  • Darren Kirby

    A great story about a middle aged man suffering from middle aged ennui trying to figure out what to do with his life. In this case, travelling North America to spot as many birds as possible. The book is well written and easy to read. While I've no doubt this book will hold special meaning for birders, I expect anyone who has searched for greater meaning in their life will appreciate it.


  • Valerie

    I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately I didn't. I found that midway through the story lost momentum. I had to put it aside for a while before I was able to go back and finish it. I think it would be better if you were familiar with all the different birds and places, but as someone who is only familiar with the common birds in Southern Ontario I found it difficult to get drawn into the story.


  • Sharon

    This book made me laugh out loud several times!


  • Rhipheus

    I found this a bit mediocre at first but was gradually drawn into the story and the author's life and perspective. I ended up enjoying this a lot.


  • Susan Alden

    I really liked thisbut I'm pretty much into birds. Don't know if someone else would like it or not.


  • Scgirlz3

    WOW- Picked this one up at my local library because I love birds and I am familiar with the "big year" event. It certainly delivered a beautiful and detailed diary of Neil's adventure.


  • Mike Krzychylkiewicz

    Excellent book. Worth reading even if you're not interested in birds. V v cool.


  • carol

    I wanted to like this more than I did.


  • Carin

    As I've mentioned, things have been rough the last few months. Moving across the country, settling in to a new town, starting a new job, these things are all highly stressful. As usual, books have been a solace for me. But it has highly affected what books I gravitate towards right now. I think one thing I'm currently finding comforting is similar to schadenfreude: I appreciate seeing other people who are going through bad things (often worse things) and eventually coming out on the other side. [...]


  • Penelope Myers

    Certainly a book for people passionate about birds and birding. Fascinating reading. Small criticisms - less on his career angst and psychological issues. And a map of Alaska with the places he visited would have been really helpful. It seems publishers aren't willing to add any graphics, let alone photographs. I do miss that in these kinds of memoirs.


  • Kimberly Childs

    I really enjoyed listening to this book on Audible. The narrator has a lovely British accent and does a nice job on other accents as well. I'm a birder and enjoyed visiting all the places with Hayward but I'm not sure a non-birder would find this entertaining. I was fascinated by hearing a man's confessional about why he can't commit. And also about depression. Gerry, his girlfriend, is incredibly patient with him while I wonder if she shouldn't just dump him. I don't have high hopes for their r [...]


  • Lou

    The story was one long whine. While whining, the author is traveling back and forth across the country. Not mere flying to large cities with nice airports, but getting to the remotest Aleutians, deserts, etc. by plane, train, and automobile. And whining. Also, he somehow managed to find a female companion, AND then proceeded to ignore her for the better part of his "big" year. By some miracle or mental fault, she stuck by him. THAT should be what he calls a big year. This book is a self-indulgen [...]


  • Theresa

    This book is definitely an interesting memoir, and I am very happy to have read it. There is a bit of something in here for everyone--life choices and struggles, relationship worries, and a bit of travel writing. However, the main focus is, obviously, birding. I did enjoy the descriptions of most of the birds and the journeys finding them, and mostly the writing between the depressed phase and the light at the end of the year along with finding a future, the book does try to do too much sometime [...]


  • Stacey Lunsford

    I enjoyed the story of chasing down the birds in different parts of North America. The repetitiveness of the author's fears of commitment, struggle with depression and lack of direction after quitting his job started to wear thin, although I thought all of those things were important parts of the story. I just think bringing it up every few pages tended to drag the narrative. I also enjoyed looking up photos of the rare birds he saw as he mentioned them.


  • Camille Hartford

    Being primarily a fiction reader, I was pleasantly surprised by the story of Neil Hayward and his quest to figure out what to do with his life. As little as I knew about birding, it's an intriguing sport, pastime, hobby - a really serious hobby.A great read that shared the challenges of birding and how it incorporates into your life. It is a way of life, birds are always there. Nicely done.I won this book as part of the Giveaways.


  • Sherry

    I am a (currently inactive) birder, so I was fascinated with the sightings and descriptions of birds in the book. I, like the author, am an introvert, getting energy from being alone, as opposed to an extrovert, who gets energy from being around other people. And I, like the author, am prone to depression. I could relate to Lost Among the Birds on so many levels! Neil Hayward is an excellent writer, and I hope he continues to write more books.


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