I had this goal to try to reach 1,000 birds in 2013. It's December and I'm at 999. I started the year with 953 birds, and had no plans to travel anywhere where I might 'pick up several birds.' So throughout the year, I had to incorporate a bit of birdwatching into everything I did outdoors. Here is my bird infographic that explains how I made it.
Birding has its share of detractors, but for me birding is about travel - skiing, exploring, kayaking, hiking and boating. Any year where you decide to break a bird record for yourself is going to certainly mean a lot of days under the sun.
You can also see how many birds I've picked up since then on my birds life list page.