This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch

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Stephen Moss's Birdwatch column for the Guardian has, over the years, included nostalgic reminiscences on birdwatching as a child, accounts of birding expeditions to places as far-flung as St. Kilda and even Antarctica, stories of birding on his honeymoon in Gambia, details on the birds on his garden feeder, and the recent introduction of his toddler son to birds. The best of these Birdwatch columns are collected into a beautiful miniature hardback, tastefully designed and illustrated with line drawings, and together they build into a touching and fascinating chronicle of how one person's hobby has endured and evolved and in turn enriched a whole life.

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About the Author:

Stephen Moss is the author of A Bird in the Bush, Garden Birds, and Remarkable Birds.

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This volume, a compendium of Moss's birding columns from a decade and a half of the Manchester Guardian, gives bird enthusiasts the next best thing to birdwatching, an eloquent and insightful consideration of birds and birding. Forming an ornithological autobiography, Moss covers his childhood discovery of birds, his favorite birdwatching haunts in Britain and abroad, his time producing a birdwatching program for BBC television and his own young sons' first encounters with the natural world. Some essays are humorous (his description of geese's propensity to eat and defecate, defecate and eat interminably), others are romantic (on honeymoon in West Africa, Moss finds 60 different species "without leaving the hotel grounds"), while others ponder the impact of individual birders; one haunting essay describes the birdwatching habits of World War II prisoners of war, who kept records of redstarts and goldfinches on toilet paper. Alongside obituaries of pioneering ornithologists Max Nicholson, Guy Mountfort, and Tono Valverde, Moss ruminates on the decline of bird populations worldwide. The importance of family is the vibrant sub-current that propels the narrative; much is made of Moss's late mother, who gamely encouraged her son's interest in birds, and Moss concludes with a loving eulogy to her. In addition to its many pleasures, this book also profiles plenty of great destination ideas for birders planning their next vacation.
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