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June 8, 2017 / Leslie

Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White

A Rapid Review

Passionate Birders Share the Joys of watching Birds

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 2017
Format: Paperback 288 pages | Rating: 4 stars

Avid North American birders share wit, wisdom, advice, and what fuels their passion for birds. A portion of the proceeds goes to the American Birding Association, North America’s largest membership organization for active birders.

What’s it about . . .
If you are a birder, aka bird watcher, you will likely enjoy this short book of 37 essays, many of which were written by people well-known in the birding world. They share their experiences and talk about the joys of birding. The essays encompass a variety of topics but all convey a passion about birding.

While the target audience for this book is birders, it’s written in a very accessible style and can be enjoyed by anyone who likes birds.

The essays are about personal experiences, but also contain helpful information for new birders, and even those with experience might learn something new. The end of each essay includes a few tips and a paragraph about the author. Each essay is accompanied by a cute, cartoonish drawing which adds a bit of light humor and whimsy.

What did I think . . .
Some of these experiences I could instantly relate to, like being unable to remember the songs and calls of some of the less frequently seen birds. I need all the tips I can get. Not as enjoyable was reading about a birder who felt it was ok to kill a house sparrow because he killed a bluebird. I agree it’s sad, even frustrating, when that happens, however all bird’s lives have value and there are other ways to handle it, including taking down the nestbox altogether.

Overall, an enjoyable little book that could be read in snippets or all in one sitting.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Leave a Comment
  1. Lloyd Russell / Jun 8 2017 8:36 am

    Recently read The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth Church. Good book, with the protagonist being an unofficial ornithologist. I think that will do me for birds for the time being. Although this does sound a bit interesting.


    • Leslie / Jun 8 2017 9:28 am

      I read Atomic Weight of Love. I liked it too.

      This book is a collection of very short essays. I read them over a month. The kind of book you can pick up and read for a few minutes!


  2. BermudaOnion / Jun 8 2017 8:49 am

    That sounds like the perfect book for you!


  3. Mary / Jun 8 2017 5:21 pm

    I find books like this so enjoyable.


  4. Suko / Jun 8 2017 5:26 pm

    This sounds like an interesting collection of essays. I’ve really been enjoying the birds we’re seeing this spring in our area.


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