Birds

An Anthology

Edited by Jaqueline Mitchell

Birds

Edited by Jaqueline Mitchell

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Illustrated by Eric Fitch Daglish
272 pages | 25 halftones | 5.125 x 7.75
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781851245291 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North America only
Thomas Hardy notes the thrush’s ‘full-hearted evensong of joy illimited’, Gilbert White observes how swallows sweep through the air but swifts ‘dash round in circles’ and Rachel Carson watches sanderlings at the ocean’s edge, scurrying ‘across the beach like little ghosts’. From early times, we have been entranced by the bird life around us. This anthology brings together poetry and prose in celebration of birds, records their behaviour, flight, song and migration, the changes across the seasons and in different habitats – in woodland and pasture, on river, shoreline and at sea – and our own interaction with them. From India to America, from China to Rwanda, writers marvel at birds – the building of a long-tailed tit’s nest, the soaring eagle, the extraordinary feats of migration and the pleasures to be found in our own gardens. Including extracts by Geoffrey Chaucer, Dorothy Wordsworth, Richard Jefferies, Charles Darwin, James Joyce, John Keats, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Anton Chekhov, Kathleen Jamie, Jonathan Franzen and Barbara Kingsolver among many others, this rich anthology will be welcomed by bird-lovers, country ramblers and anyone who has taken comfort or joy in a bird in flight.
Contents
CONTENTS
Introduction 1
What is a bird? Definitions over time 4
A Birding Year: Spring 9
Inland: Field, Hedgerow, Pasture, Woodland 35
Bird Song & Songsters 59
A Birding Year: Summer 89
Birds in Flight 107
Hawks & Hawking 131
A Birding Year: Autumn 159
Birds & Man 179
Outland: River, Coast, Sea, Shore 211
A Birding Year: Winter 237
index of authors 259
index of birds 261
acknowledgements 264
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