The Armchair Birder

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 85 ratings

The Armchair Birder Publisher's Summary

While birding literature is filled with tales of expert observers spotting rare species in exotic locales, John Yow reminds us that the most fascinating birds can be the ones perched right outside our windows. In thirty-five engaging and sometimes irreverent vignettes, Yow reveals the fascinating lives of the birds we see nearly every day. Following the seasons, he covers forty-two species, discussing the improbable, unusual, and comical aspects of his subjects' lives. Yow offers his own observations, anecdotes, and stories as well as those of America's classic bird writers, such as John James Audubon, Arthur Bent, and Edward Forbush. This unique addition to bird literature combines the fascination of bird life with the pleasure of good reading.

©2011 John Yow (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Armchair Birder

    • Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds
    • By: John Yow
    • Narrated by: Kevin Young
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    While birding literature is filled with tales of expert observers spotting rare species in exotic locales, John Yow reminds us that the most fascinating birds can be the ones perched right outside our windows. In thirty-five engaging and sometimes irreverent vignettes, Yow reveals the fascinating lives of the birds we see nearly every day. Following the seasons, he covers forty-two species, discussing the improbable, unusual, and comical aspects of his subjects' lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If You Love Birds . . . Grab It!

    • By Kathy on 02-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal

    • The Secret Lives of Birds of the Southeastern Shore
    • By: John Yow
    • Narrated by: Kevin Young
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    With his distinctively witty, anecdotal, and disarming voice, John Yow now journeys to the shore and shares his encounters with some of the most familiar and beloved coastal birds. Out of his travels—from North Carolina's Outer Banks, down the Atlantic coast, and westward along the Gulf of Mexico—come colorful accounts of twenty-eight species, from ubiquitous beach birds like sanderlings and laughing gulls to wonders of nature like roseate spoonbills and the American avocets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Prep for birding trip

    • By LS on 08-16-17

    Regular price: $19.95