The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds


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University of North Carolina Press
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5.1 X 8.3 X 0.7 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

John Yow has been Professor Sheth's researcher and writer for several of his books, including Tectonic Shift, Self Destructive Habits of Good Companies, and Chindia Rising.

For the last few years, John has been writing books about birds including The Armchair Birder and The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal. He is currently working on a book about endangered birds.

He and his wife Dede live in Paulding County, Georgia, USA.


Among a list of favorite things in life must be an armchair. If yours is near a window, you can observe the most active creatures this spring--birds--while dipping into John Yow's generous new offering.--Asheville Citizen Times

Yow discusses 40 species of birds. . . . [and] whets your appetite for knowing what they are up to. . . . [With] stunning black-and-white drawings of each bird by John James Audubon.--Booklist

Fun to read, and anyone, regardless of experience level, will learn something from this book (probably many somethings)

Yow lets his gentle ruminations and finely observed truths lull the reader toward a quiet adventure into the 'ordinary' birds around them. . . . Yow is the ultimate gentleman birder, highlighting the omnipresent glory and understated miracle of these feathered friends.--BookPage

Ably illustrates facets of bird behavior and instinct, acknowledging their unique adaptations to the natural and human worlds. Written in a humorous, conversational tone, this enjoyable read is a good choice for developing birders.--Library Journal

Whether you favor random dips into the book, or prefer to follow Yow systematically through the seasons, you will be sure to learn something new about the 42 species of birds that can be seen right outside your own window.--Virginia Wildlife Magazine

Finally, a bird book for the rest of us! John Yow has empowered . . . us to sit back, to let the birds come to us and to enjoy the sights and sounds. . . . Secrets of birds and birding are out at last!--Anniston Star

More than bare facts and field marks, the book offers observations, anecdotes, and stories.--Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

An excellent literary introduction to forty-two of the most common North American birds. . . . Colorful and engaging.--Englewood Review of Books