Books by Sandy Komito

I Came, I Saw, I Counted

A chronicle of the author’s Big Year.

In 1998, Sandy Komito engaged in what serious birders call, a Big Year run.  This is a year-long marathon contest where a birder tries to see as many different birds as possible in that  single year.  Ever since Sandy set the old record for North America in 1987, a few have challenged but none have broken his record.  Could he effectively challenge and break that record?

This book, written in his own inimitable style takes you through the year as he attempts to break his eleven year old record.  It’s a fast-paced, exciting story of his experiences on the road, detailing the joys of success, the disappointments with failure, all part of the drama experienced during this year-long adventure.  His travels take him all across the North American Continent as he journeys to remote areas of Alaska and Newfoundland.  The southern and western parts of the United States are repeatedly crisscrossed as he searches for the rare and accidental visitors that may have somehow strayed to our shores.  He utilizes a goodly number of boat trips, voyaging far out into both oceans in an effort to search for the rare and unusual birds found only in those pelagic environments.

Sandy tries to get the reader to join him as he goes from place to place attempting to show the world of birds from his perspective.  For those who may never aspire to such an adventure, it’s a vicarious journey one can experience through the author’s pen.  As he expressed it recently, “Birding provides all of the excitement and challenge I can handle.  For me, it’s more than just a hobby, it’s an all-consuming passion.”

In order to gain the necessary experience required for this feat, he has racked up more air miles during the past fifteen years in North America than any other birder, in itself no simple achievement.  Based on his extensive travel experience, he provides insights and suggestions as to how one can save money in dealing with airlines, rental car agencies and motels.  A rather interesting feature is a section called, “My Little Black Book,” providing names and numbers of people and places to call for those wanting to duplicate some of the travel he has experienced.  Packed into this “Little Black Book” are suggestions as to where to find low-priced airlines.  There’s also a section concerning Alaskan travel dealing with lesser known places for lodging and rental car companies.  This alone should be worth far more than the price of the book.  All-in-all, it’s an authoritative wealth of information for those interested in birds, nature, travel and adventure.

I Came, I Saw, I Counted is available for $53.00 including shipping anywhere in the lower forty-eight and Alaska.  $60.00 for Canadian shipments.  Please email skomito@msn.com for shipping costs out of the US and Canada. Please allow ample time for shipping—4-6 weeks—as Sandy travels frequently.

Books can be autographed at no additional charge.  Please include the first name of the person for whom the book is intended in the “special instructions to the seller” field at checkout.


I Came, I Saw, I Counted




Birding’s Indiana Jones

For Sanford Komito, the observation and study of birds has been an engrossing and sometimes all-consuming passion. For most other people, it is usually accomplished as casually as looking out a window to watch a bird’s activities or perhaps actively seeking out various birds in their many and varied habitats.

On January 1, 1987, Sanford Komito embarked on what is sometimes called birding’s great marathon in an effort to try and see more birds in North America in a single year than any other person had ever done before. By flying wherever possible, he accumulated nearly 300,000 miles during the more than 220 days spent in the field in the pursuit of North America’s rare and common birds. He not only set the North American record, he became only the second person to have ever seen more than 700 different birds in a single year!

Birding’s Indiana Jones is available for $41.00 including shipping anywhere in the lower forty-eight and Alaska.  $44.00 for Canadian shipments.  Please email skomito@msn.com for shipping costs out of the US and Canada. Please allow ample time for shipping—4-6 weeks—as Sandy travels frequently.

Books can be autographed at no additional charge.  Please include the first name of the person for whom the book is intended in the “special instructions to the seller” field at checkout.

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email questions to:  skomito@msn.com