How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

by Simon Barnes.

Birdwatching, not Birding

How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

Simon Barnes's fun book explains how you can enjoy watching birds without the need to become an over-the-top, full-blown birder. It's all about accumulating bird-identification skills by stealth—sometimes by accident—until, without any real concerted effort, you can tell a blue tit from a great tit. After that, the world is your oyster.

I have to say, as a bird-enjoyer, rather than a serious birder, I find myself in almost violent agreement with the premise of Barnes's book. It's about enjoying seeing birds for its (and their) own sake; not ticking off rarities. Give me a field full of rooks over a never-spotted titwit any day of the week.

It's just a pity that Barnes appears to be a cat-lover too.

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