An Enchantment of Birds: Memories from a Birder's Life

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Greystone Books Limited, Jul 1, 2009 - Nature - 208 pages
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In these delightful meditations, biologist and bird lover Richard Cannings weaves stories of his personal encounters with birds into fascinating descriptions of their behavior, anatomy, and evolution. He muses over the meadowlarks' ability to hide their nests so completely that he has seen only two in a lifetime spent searching for them; the trumpeter swan, as picky as a two-year old, devouring potatoes and carrots but turning up its beak at Brussels sprouts; the northern gannet, with its snowy plumage, black wingtips, and startling blue eyes; the little saw-whet owl, which dabbles in bigamy and even trigamy; and more than two dozen other birds. Covering the entire continent, from the cacophony of a seabird colony on the shores of the Atlantic to a symphony of snow geese on the autumn plains to songbird courtship in the alpine tundra of the Rockies, "An Enchantment of Birds" informs and entertains, in one fell swoop.

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

This was a wonderful and lovely book, so accessible it felt like listening to a conversation with the author about his experiences with birds and nature. Each chapter is about a different bird, some ... Read full review

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User Review  - rightantler - LibraryThing

This is a delightful book of birding memoirs. For me made all the more enjoyable as many familiar birds are featured. A great introduction to Cannings and I shall be seeking out more of his work. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Richard Cannings works as a consulting biologist in Naramata, British Columbia, assessing endangered species and organizing broad-scale bird population surveys, among many other projects. He teaches field ecology at the University of British Columbia and was curator of the Cowan Vertebrate Museum at the university for fifteen years. He is the author of The Rockies: A Natural History and, with Sydney Cannings, of British Columbia: A Natural History and The B.C. Roadside Naturalist.

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