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Birds in the Bush   By: (1843-1912)

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Birds in the Bush is a delightful and refreshing book that takes readers on a journey into the beautiful world of birds. Written by Bradford Torrey, a passionate ornithologist and nature writer, this book is an extraordinary blend of descriptive narrative and scientific information.

Torrey's writing style is captivating from the very first page, drawing readers into the meadows, woodlands, and marshes where birds reside. He effortlessly weaves together descriptive passages of his bird-watching expeditions with historical context and fascinating tidbits about each bird species. His prose is elegant and evocative, painting vivid pictures of the birds in their natural habitats.

Throughout the book, Torrey demonstrates his profound knowledge of birds, their behavior, and their songs. Each chapter explores a different species, ranging from common backyard birds to more elusive and rare finds. Whether discussing the melodious song of the wood thrush or the playful antics of the chickadees, Torrey's passion for birds shines through every word.

What sets Birds in the Bush apart from other bird-watching books is Torrey's ability to infuse scientific information seamlessly into his narratives. He manages to convey valuable insights about bird anatomy, habitat preferences, and migration patterns without overwhelming the reader with technical jargon. His explanations are clear, concise, and easy to grasp, making this book accessible even to readers with limited knowledge of ornithology.

In addition to its informative nature, Birds in the Bush also serves as an invitation to slow down, observe, and connect with nature. Torrey's love for the mindfulness required in bird-watching is evident throughout the book. He invites readers to join him in appreciating and preserving the delicate balance of the natural world, reminding us of the little miracles that occur around us daily.

Overall, Birds in the Bush is a captivating journey into the world of birds, filled with lyrical prose, expert knowledge, and a deep reverence for nature. Bradford Torrey's love for birds is contagious, inspiring readers to embrace the wonders of the avian world. Whether you are an avid birder or simply someone who enjoys the beauty of nature, this book will undoubtedly leave you with a renewed appreciation for the feathered creatures that grace our skies.

First Page:

BIRDS IN THE BUSH

by

BRADFORD TORREY

Sixth Edition

Boston Houghton, Mifflin and Company New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1893

Copyright, 1885, by Bradford Torrey All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Company.

Wherefore, let me intreat you to read it with favour and attention, and to pardon us, wherein we may seem to come short of some words, which we have laboured to interpret.

The Prologue of the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach.

CONTENTS

PAGE

ON BOSTON COMMON 1

BIRD SONGS 31

CHARACTER IN FEATHERS 53

IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS 75

PHILLIDA AND CORIDON 103

SCRAPING ACQUAINTANCE 129

MINOR SONGSTERS 155

WINTER BIRDS ABOUT BOSTON 185

A BIRD LOVER'S APRIL 211

AN OWL'S HEAD HOLIDAY 243

A MONTH'S MUSIC 277

ON BOSTON COMMON.

Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels: Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High as the highest Peak of Furness fells, Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells: In truth, the prison unto which we doom Ourselves, no prison is: and hence for me, In sundry moods 't was pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet's scanty plot of ground; Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be) Who have felt the weight of too much liberty, Should find brief solace there, as I have found... Continue reading book >>




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