Birds of the Cottage Country

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Dundurn, Jun 30, 1985 - Nature - 216 pages

Birds of the Cottage Country is a virtual storybook account of the author’s personalized observations throughout Ontario’s cottage playground. It clearly illustrates the downright fun, vast beauty, and consuming involvement of bird watching – even for the most skeptical of laymen.

Bill Mansell’s daily experiences at birding, spread over a period of sixty-five years, result in such a familiarity with his subject that the reader is drawn as a participant into a delicately beautiful intimacy with avian nature.

Birds of the Cottage Country will be read by some solely for its humour and humanistic style; yet serious birdwatchers will also find it a refreshingly new guide and reference tool.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Loons Grebes Cormorants and Petrels
7
2 The Herons and Storks
13
3 The Swans Geese and Ducks
18
4 The Hawks Falcons and Vultures
26
5 The Grouse Quails and Pheasants
33
6 The Cranes and Rails
40
7 The Shorebirds
42
14 The Jays Magpies Crows and Ravens
84
15 The Chickadees Nuthatches and Creepers
90
16 The Wrens Kinglets and Gnatcatchers
94
17 The Thrushes
99
18 The Mimids Larks Pipits Waxwings Shrikes and Starlings
116
19 The Vireos
124
20 The Wood Warblers
129
21 The Tanagers and Cardinal Grosbeaks
152

8 The Gulls Terns Jaegers and Murres
49
9 The Pigeons Cuckoos and Owls
55
10 The Nightjars Swifts Hummingbirds and Kingfishers
61
11 The Woodpeckers
67
12 The Tyrant Flycatchers
73
13 The Swallows
79
22 The Buntings
159
23 The Troupials
180
24 The Finches
191
List of Birds with Migration Dates
201
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Bill Mansell's daily experiences at birding, spread over a period of sixty-five years, result in such a familiarity with his subject that the reader is drawn as a participant into a delicately beautiful intimacy with avian nature.

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