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The Reluctant Twitcher: A Quite Truthful Account of My Big Birding Year
by Richard Pope (Goodreads Author)
The human side of birding comes to the fore in The Reluctant Twitcher, a serious yet humorous account of birds and birding and the art of chasing rarities. Richard Pope, a lifelong birder, had successfully avoided this latter pursuit for many years but capitulated in 2007 when he embarked on his "Big Year," the object being to record at least three hundred birds in Ontario ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 7th 2009 by Dundurn
(first published 2009)
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Jan 04, 2015 Jayme rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bird-nerds
Recommended to Jayme by: Megan W.
Really adorable and nerdy story about an Ontarian twitcher doing his first big year. Probably only an interesting read for anyone nerdy enough to know or care what a big year is. As a birder, you'll probably relate to all the weird/panicky moments where you try and fail miserably not to embarrass yourself in front of 'serious' birders. A lot of why I liked this book is also because I read it at exactly the right moment, when I was in the middle of crossing over to the dark side of birding. Going ...more
Funniest book I've read in a long time, but also a little inspiring to get out there and do a (little) more birding. Some writing was a little less clear than desirable; for instance when the author was describing what he wanted to say versus what he actually said I had trouble following. Still, the humor and directness came through. I recommend.
Full of self-deprecating humor and lots of birds. I think most serious birders would enjoy this book, which reads like a particularly funny and extended field report. I am not sure what non-birders would make of it, though. My one complaint is that I didn't realize how short this is, as the last 20% consists of his bird lists. The kindle price seems rather steep for a mere couple of hours reading, but apparently a portion of the cost goes to support bird conservation, so that's OK.
Richard Pope is a birder and life-long naturalist who taught Russian literature, culture and history before retiring. He writes historical fiction about the fur trade, the voyageurs, and the First World War.More about Richard Pope...