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Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black (from left) put aside everything else to travel while they try to spot the most number of bird species in a year in "The Big Year." The film is based on the book by Mark Obmascik. (Twentieth Century Fox via Associated Press)

Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black (from left) put aside everything else to travel while they try to spot the most number of bird species in a year in "The Big Year." The film is based on the book by Mark Obmascik. (Twentieth Century Fox via Associated Press)

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