Bird Droppings: Writings About Watching Birds & Bird Watchers

Bird Droppings: Writings About Watching Birds & Bird Watchers

by Pete Dunne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811717250
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,242,513
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Pete Dunne is the author of a dozen birding books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, The Art of Bird Identification, The Feather Quest, and Tales of a Low-Rent Birder. Birding ambassador with the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, he has written articles for virtually every birding magazine and for the New York Times. He lives in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xv

Why There Are Birds 1

Gift of Chickadee 4

The Order of Birds 7

Some Girl Named Cindy 10

What's Your Favorite? 12

Letter to Students Returning to Fall Classes, with Condolences from a Recovering Adult 14

Are We Weird (Or What)? 17

Warning: You Are Entering Birder Country 20

Of Birds, Van Gogh, and Cheap Beer 23

Field-Trip Guidelines 27

The Perfect Birder 30

Lawn Flamingo 33

Mine to Give 37

Why You Are Lucky to Be a Birder 39

Effort at Conversation Between Two Birders 42

Letter to the Jerk in the Blue Shirt 46

Irritation 51

Confessions of a Listing Heretic 55

Ten Birds for Walter 58

Aspiring to Martins, Settling for Wren 63

Talkin' Trash (Birds) 68

Change, Change, Change 71

First Walk 76

How Waterfowl Got Their Colors 78

Revealed at Last: Why Blue Jays are Blue 82

Fifteen Things to Do with Your Stockpile of Retired Binoculars 87

I Say What You Mean 90

The Star 93

Why Good Gulls Go Bad 95

Announcing CertiBird 98

Fuddy-Duddy Declaration 101

Chipper 104

Whence Came Caps 109

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