Kenn Kaufman



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Kingbird Highway: The Bigge...

4.23 avg rating — 1,731 ratings — published 1997 — 8 editions
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Birds of North America

4.42 avg rating — 401 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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Kaufman Field Guide to Adva...

4.44 avg rating — 242 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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A Season on the Wind: Insid...

4.07 avg rating — 228 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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Kaufman Field Guide to Natu...

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Kaufman Field Guide to Mamm...

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Lives of North American Birds

4.33 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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Flights Against the Sunset:...

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City Birding: True Tales of...

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“But in the early 1970s, we were not birdwatching. We were birding, and that made all the difference. We were out to seek, to discover, to chase, to learn, to find as many different kinds of birds as possible — and, in friendly competition, to try to find more of them than the next birder. We became a community of birders, with the complications that human societies always have; and although it was the birds that had brought us together, our story became a human story after all.”
Kenn Kaufman, Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

“ Dreams and coffee and sunrises make up the rhythms of the road.
Music is a part of it, too: the popular music on the jukeboxes and radio stations. You hear it constantly, in diners and on car radios. The music has a rhythm that fits the steady drumming of tires over pavement. It seeps into your bloodstream. After a while it ceases to make any difference whether or not you like the stuff. When you’re traveling alone, a nameless rider with a succession of strangers, it can give you a comforting sense of the familiar to hear the same music over and over.
At any given time, a few current hits will be overplayed to exhaustion by the rock & roll stations. In hitching across the continent, you might hear the same song fifty or sixty times. Certain songs become connected in your mind with certain trips.”
Kenn Kaufman, Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

“Haunting the library as a kid, reading poetry books when I was not reading bird books, I had been astonished at how often birds were mentioned in British poetry. Songsters like nightingales and Sky Larks appeared in literally dozens of works, going back beyond Shakespeare, back beyond Chaucer. Entire poems dedicated to such birds were written by Tennyson, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, and many lesser-known poets. I had run across half a dozen British poems just about Sky Larks; Thomas Hardy had even written a poem about Shelley’s poem about the Sky Lark. The love of birds and of the English language were intermingled in British literary history.
Somehow we Americans had failed to import this English love of birds along with the language, except in diluted form. But we had imported a few of the English birds themselves — along with birds from practically everywhere else.”
Kenn Kaufman, Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

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