Cambridge man sets bird-watching record ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Blanding/Globe Staff Birdwatcher Neil Hayward of Cambridge said he observed 749 different bird species in 2013, the last coming in the weekend before the new year. John Blanding/Globe Staff Hayward was joined by his girlfriend, Gerri Buck, for more bird-watching Wednesday at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. John Blanding/Globe Staff According to Hayward’s statistics, he spent 195 nights away from Cambridge, drove 51,758 miles, was at sea for 147 hours over 15 days, and flew 193,758 miles on 177 flights through 56 airports while on his quest. Neil Hayward Hayward said the 749th species he spotted was this Great Skua while bird-watching off the North Carolina coast on Dec. 28. Neil Hayward Here is an Emperor Goose spotted by Hayward in Adak, Alaska. Neil Hayward Hayward said he spotted this Rufous-backed Robin during a trip to Arizona. Neil Hayward This Nutting's Flycatcher was spotted at the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, Hayward said. Neil Hayward Another bird spotted during Hayward’s “big year” was a Kirtland's Warbler in Grayling, Mich.