Cape May Point, New Jersey, is home to a natural phenomenon of stunning proportions. Each autumn millions of migrating birds converge here on their annual flight to wintering grounds as far away as Brazil and Peru. Season at the Point, the rich and telling story of the birds and birders of Cape May, evokes the sense of mystery and excitement that pervades the Cape as birders gather to count owls by the hundreds, hawks by the tens of thousands, and shorebirds and songbirds by the hundreds of thousands.
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The title's ``Point'' is Cape May Point, N.J., and the ``Season'' is the 1988 hawk-watch, a three-month period from mid- August to mid-November when tens of thousands of migrating birds pass overhead. Despite the title's narrow focus, this excellent account has a scope as broad as life on earth, and Connor leaves the reader wanting to know more, wanting even to grab binoculars and head outdoors. Like John McPhee, the author knows how to bring a subject alive through the words of the people closest to it. Here, those men and women are dedicated birders and bird-banders, two sometimes antagonistic but not always mutually exclusive groups, and the ostensible subject is raptors (a group of birds that includes both owls and hawks), or, to be technical, which Connor rarely is, the order Falconiformes, which includes osprey, vultures, kites, accipiters, buteos, eagles, and, of course, falcons. The larger subject is our fragile environment, for which birds are a measure of change as well as the victims of change. For birders, Connor makes clear, seeing birds is all-important; for banders, capturing them and actually handling them is the ultimate experience. Though the two may disagree about priorities, both groups are filled with committed naturalists and conservationists, and Connor presents their views equitably and their enthusiasms eloquently. Nature writing by a keen observer of nature, both human and otherwise. (Line drawings--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
The season is fall, the players are counters and banders and the field is the sky at Cape May. Birders know that this area at the southernmost tip of New Jersey is a natural funnel for tens of thousands of migrating raptors and shorebirds. Now even non-birders can enjoy a fall migration from the Cape in this movable feast of amateur field ornithology--observing mostly hawks and falcons--captured by Connor ( The Complete Birder ) in hundreds of crisp moments of individual discovery. Exceptions to the focus on raptors include the last known sighting of the Bachman's warbler, North America's rarest songbird. This is hunkered-down-in-the-blind reporting from a fine naturalist writer who seems able to make a sunset linger while he and his readers strain to see the last silhouetted shape in the winter sky at the Point.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808711345611.0
Descrizione libro Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11087113456X
Descrizione libro Atlantic Monthly Pr, New York, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition 1991, first printing stated. Signed and inscribed by Author on the title page " John, Hope to see you at the platform at the Point next fall. Jack Connor 5-9-92", also has blank private bookplate on the half title page. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no underlinings no highlights no bent pages, Not a reminder. DJ fine, no tears no chips no edgewear, few very light spots at rear panel, Price Not clipped. 8vo, XIV + 290 pages. Inscribed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria 013352
Descrizione libro Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 087113456X