The Reluctant Twitcher: A Quite Truthful Account of My Big Birding Year

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Dundurn, Sep 7, 2009 - Nature - 216 pages
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The human side of birding comes to the fore in The Reluctant Twitcher, a serious yet humorous account of birds and birding and the art of chasing rarities. Richard Pope, a lifelong birder, had successfully avoided this latter pursuit for many years but capitulated in 2007 when he embarked on his "Big Year," the object being to record at least three hundred birds in Ontario within that calendar period.

Almost instantly, a relatively normal birdwatcher morphed into a "twitcher," albeit reluctantly, pursuing rare species of birds from Rainy River to the Ottawa and well beyond his wildest expectations. Though it was a challenge that was not without trials and disappointments, Pope describes all his adventures with self-deprecating humour. Not just another book on birding, Pope's unique approach is supported by an array of exceptional colour photographs.

 

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This is an account of the authors big year in Ontario where the goal is to reach 300 birds in a calender year. Parts of this book were funny and made me laugh out loud, other times I almost had to ... Read full review

Contents

Pelee Madness
83
The Numbers Build Rainy River
86
Making It Happen
104
Revelations
114
The Big Sit
121
Closing the
128
Floating Jaegers
136
No Peace for the Wicked
141
Gravy Birds
166
The Big Dipper
173
Go Figure
181
Lists of Birds
185
Acknowledgements
203
86
209
128
210
159
212

So Close and Yet So Far
150
and 300 Sort
154
and 300 In Sooth
159

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About the author (2009)

Richard Pope, author of Me n Len: Life in the Haliburton Bush, 1900-1940and the voyageur epic Superior Illusions, is a recently retired professor of Russian literature and culture at York University and a long-standing member of the Ontario Ornithological Club and the Ontario Field Ornithologists. He and his wife, Felicity, live in Cobourg, Ontario.

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