I'd Rather be Birding

I'd Rather be Birding

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June Osborne really would rather be birding than doing just about anything else, and in this charming book of personal reflections, she leads readers through backyards and river bottoms, far and near, savoring the colors, sounds, and playful busy-ness of American Robins, Hooded Orioles, Vermilion Flycatchers, Common Loons, Varied Thrushes, and a hundred other feathered friends. Osborne has introduced thousands of home owners to their common backyard birds. In her book's opening chapter "Exploring the Backyard," she features birds people are likely to see around their (mostly) Texas homes. She also introduces some birding tricks of the trade, such as "pishing" and birding by ear. "Travel Is for the Birds," she shares her birding and nature experiences traveling to such places as Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Costa Rica, as well as to Arizona and Minnesota in the United States. Her final chapter, "In Love with a River," chronicles Osborne's long "love affair" with the Frio River in the Texas Hill Country, where, in April, she is resident birder at Neal's Lodges, a familiar birding site and stop of the Nature Quest festival held in the Hill Country every spring. Osborne writes with an intimate style that often involves her life journey as well as her bird encounters. While giving us a glimpse of one woman's spiritual growth through her experiences with birds and nature, Osborne also conveys a wealth of information about birds, both familiar and exotic, and about the enjoyment one can have in getting to know them.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 160.5 x 247.4 x 22.4mm | 480.82g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 6 drawings
  • 1585442925
  • 9781585442928

About June Osborne

June Osborne is a naturalist and freelance writer living in Waco, Texas. She is a columnist for the "Waco Tribune-Herald," and a regular contributor to "WildBird" magazine, for which she serves on the advisory board. She has studied birds for almost thirty years both at home and abroad. She formerly taught bird identification classes, lectured, and guided bird tours and has written several books including Birder's Guide to Concan, Texas (and Surrounding Area), The Cardinal, and The Ruby-throated Hummingbird."show more

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." . . born of a place we are all drawn to, a place that calls life into focus. If there is an adequate phrase to describe this work it is 'memories alive.' . . . certainly insightful and filled with the critical data that the inquisitive mind naturally seeks out. Far from dry, laborious reading, the nesting habits and behavior of a number of bird species, for example, jump off the page as something to appreciate and respect. Imbued with reflections of an avid birder/naturalist, the book clearly bears the underlying tones of an intense sense of the spiritual, of life as blessed by what surrounds us. I loved its simplicity, candor, and the honest recollections of an ongoing quest for other aspects of Good."--Father Thomas Pincelli, St. Anthony Churchshow more

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