Close
(0) items
You have no items in your shopping cart.
All Categories
    Filters
    Preferences
    Search

    Birdwatching with Your Eyes Closed: An Introduction to Birdsong

    £12.99
    A witty, eloquent and perceptive book - with an accompanying podcast available online - which will tune your ears to the delightful songs of the birds around you.
    ISBN: 9781780720470
    AuthorBarnes, Simon
    PublisherNameShort Books Ltd
    Pub Date03/11/2011
    BindingPaperback
    Pages288
    Availability: In Stock

    "Most of us can see, but not everyone looks. Most of us can hear, but not everyone listens. This book will help you do both. And, above all, it will tell you how to enjoy." Bill Oddie

    "He'll tune your ears to winter's lonely voices - robins, wrens, long-tailed tits - before preparing you for the exultant sounds of spring." The Times

    Learning to identify birdsong is not just a way to become a better bird-spotter. It is tuning in: a way of hearing the soundtrack of Planet Earth...

    Why do birds sing? What are they trying to say?

    Birdsong is not just about natural history. It is also about our history. We got melody from birds as we got rhythm from the womb.

    This vital book, with an accompanying podcast available online, takes you from winter into deepest spring, teaching you how to recognise song after song as the chorus swells. Beginning with the thin, soft song of the robin and ending with the life-affirming melody of nightingales. Along the way, you will learn the science of birdsong the difference between song and call, the physiology of songbirds, what birdsong tells us about evolution, and indeed the very beginnings of life itself.

    The aim is to give you a flying start in birdsong so that, after reading this book, you'll be listening to order, not chaos, to Bach, not white noise. You will be more aware of the wild world, and better able to understand it.

    Write your own review
    *
    *
    • Bad
    • Excellent
    *
    *
    *
    *

    "Most of us can see, but not everyone looks. Most of us can hear, but not everyone listens. This book will help you do both. And, above all, it will tell you how to enjoy." Bill Oddie

    "He'll tune your ears to winter's lonely voices - robins, wrens, long-tailed tits - before preparing you for the exultant sounds of spring." The Times

    Learning to identify birdsong is not just a way to become a better bird-spotter. It is tuning in: a way of hearing the soundtrack of Planet Earth...

    Why do birds sing? What are they trying to say?

    Birdsong is not just about natural history. It is also about our history. We got melody from birds as we got rhythm from the womb.

    This vital book, with an accompanying podcast available online, takes you from winter into deepest spring, teaching you how to recognise song after song as the chorus swells. Beginning with the thin, soft song of the robin and ending with the life-affirming melody of nightingales. Along the way, you will learn the science of birdsong the difference between song and call, the physiology of songbirds, what birdsong tells us about evolution, and indeed the very beginnings of life itself.

    The aim is to give you a flying start in birdsong so that, after reading this book, you'll be listening to order, not chaos, to Bach, not white noise. You will be more aware of the wild world, and better able to understand it.