The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds

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University of North Carolina Press, 2009 - Nature - 264 pages
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While birding literature is filled with tales of expert observers spotting rare species in exotic locales, John Yow reminds us that the most fascinating birds can be the ones perched right outside our windows. In thirty-five engaging and sometimes irreverent vignettes, Yow reveals the fascinating lives of the birds we see nearly every day. Following the seasons, he covers forty-two species, discussing the improbable, unusual, and comical aspects of his subjects' lives. Yow offers his own observations, anecdotes, and stories as well as those of America's classic bird writers, such as John James Audubon, Arthur Bent, and Edward Forbush. This unique addition to bird literature combines the fascination of bird life with the pleasure of good reading.

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Organized by season and illustrated with black-and-white images from John J. Audubon's Birds of America, this volume chronicles freelance writer Yow's observations of birds at his feeders or in nearby ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

John Yow is a freelance writer based in Acworth, Georgia, and former senior editor at Longstreet Press in Atlanta. He is the author of "The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal.

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