The complete first series of Tweet of the Day, with introductions by Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Kate Humble and many others. First heard every weekday morning at 5.58am on BBC Radio 4, Tweet of the Day captured the imagination of early risers and bird lovers, proving so popular that it was named Radio Programme of the Year 2014. Each episode begins with a bird call or song, followed by fascinating ornithological detail about its owner. This collection contains every edition from the first series, British Birds. The songs of over 160 birds can be heard over the course of a year, from the cuckoo´s call in spring to the summer seaside sound of the herring gull, the autumn song of the robin and the song thrush´s voice of hope in the depths of winter. Featuring a mix of native birds, such as the blackbird and tawny owl, and migrant visitors including the icterine Warbler and ortolan bunting, the series provides memorable insight into their behaviour and habits, explains their literary or folkloric associations and tells stories of scientific or conservation success. Presented by wildlife experts including Miranda Krestovnikoff, Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan, Brett Westwood, Chris Watson, Martin Hughes-Games, John Aitchison and Bill Oddie, Tweet of the Day is a treat for the ears. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Oddie, Brett Westwood, Chris Packham, David Attenborough, John Aitchison, Kate Humble, Liz Bonnin, Martin Hughes-Games. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003627/bk_rhuk_003627_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Out of the Woods: A Bird Watcher´s Year is a journey through the seasons and a joyous celebration of growing old. In 59 essays and poems, Ora E. Anderson, birder, bird carver, naturalist, and nature writer, reveals the insights and recollections of a keen-eyed observer of nature, both human and avian. The essays follow the rivers and creeks, the highways and little-known byways of Appalachia, and along the way we become nearly as familiar with its numerous bird, plant, and animal species as with the author himself. These are not the memories of a single year, however, but of a long lifetime spent immersed in the natural world. Out of the Woods, presented with humor and passion, is an account of a well-lived, productive, and satisfying life. The essays offer an intimate portrait of a half century of life on Anderson´s beloved old farm (more nearly a nature preserve), where he lived in harmony with birds and nature and followed the rhythm of the seasons. We are invited to share the joys - and the disappointments and sorrows - inherent in such a life. This book will delight bird watchers, artists, naturalists, backyard gardeners, and anyone who is sometimes tempted to take a rutted, overgrown, and unused path just to see where it leads. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David L. Stanley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029579/bk_acx0_029579_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One woman, one year, 723 species of birds. In 2008, Lynn Barber´s passion for birding led her to drive, fly, sail, walk, stalk, and sit in search of birds in 25 states and three provinces. Traveling more than 175,000 miles, she set a 21st century record at the time, second to only one other person in history. Over 272 days, Barber observed 723 species of birds in North America north of Mexico, recording a remarkable 333 new species in January but, with the dwindling returns typical to Big Year birding, only eight in December, a month that found her crisscrossing the continent from Texas to Newfoundland, from Washington to Ontario. In the months between, she felt every extreme of climate, wellbeing, and emotion. Barber´s journal from her American Birding Association-sanctioned Big Year covers the highlights of her treks to forests, canyons, mountain ranges, deserts, oceans, lakes, and numerous spots in between. Written in the informal style of a diary, it captures the detail, humor, challenges, and fun of a good adventure travelogue and also conveys the remarkable diversity of North American birds and habitat. The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamela Wolken. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073748/bk_acx0_073748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments - not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale.... Wherever we are, there are birds. And wherever there are birds, there is birdsong. It´s always a pleasure (and a relief) to hear sounds that prove the world´s still spinning: whether it´s the sighing of migrating redwings on a damp October night, the twitter of swallows fresh in from South Africa in April, or the call of the cuckoo in May. Based on the scripts of BBC Radio 4´s beloved year-long series, and distilling two lifetimes´ knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm into this recording, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take you month by month through the year, and the changing lives of our favourite birds. From peregrines swapping sea-cliffs for skyscrapers to swifts spending almost their entire lives on the wing; from charms of goldfinches to murmurations of starlings; from ptarmigans thriving in the Highland snow to the bright-green parakeets thronging London´s parks; this audiobook is packed full of extraordinary insights and memorable facts. Tweet of the Day is a book for everyone who loves Britain´s birds, and this audiobook contains over 150 birdsong recordings to bring them to life. Produced by arrangement with the BBC. Birdsong recordings copyright Geoff Sample and Wildsong. This is the audio version of the expanded book of Tweet of the Day read by the authors, not the radio series itself. This audio book contains 193 birdsong recordings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000660/bk_hodd_000660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn´t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn´t want to think about his failed relationship with ´the one´ or his potential for ruining a new relationship with ´the next one´. And he almost certainly didn´t want to think about turning 40. And so instead he went birding. Birding was a lifelong passion. It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans. But this time he also found competition. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year - a race to find the most birds in one year. His peregrinations across 28 states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost-covered forest in Massachusetts to find a fieldfare; to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting´s flycatcher; and to Vancouver for the red-flanked bluetail. Neil´s Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental: It was the perfect distraction from life. Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long-standing Big Year record. He also surprised himself: during his time among the hummingbirds, tanagers, and boobies, he found a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Devereaux. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027902/bk_adbl_027902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Look up into the starry sky on the night of the full moon and you´ll see...a bird? A plane? No...a little boy! Eight-year-old Mary Bird has discovered a secret: Her four-year-old brother Billy can fly! Floating around his room is bad enough, but when he takes off out an open window, Mary´s sure disaster isn´t far behind. She may be right! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sophie Thompson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002225/bk_boli_002225_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eight-year-old Mariah Graystone likes making shadow puppets on the wall while she tells stories to her younger sister, Ariana. One night, Mariah creates a shadow bird - and she comes to life! Shadow Bird flies around the girls’ house and becomes injured after a harrowing encounter with Muffins, their cat. The sisters must think of a way to nurse Shadow Bird back to health - and get her back to her shadow world! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121819/bk_acx0_121819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Despite her amazing abilities, all Sun Song Shia ever wanted was to be loved. But it´s hard to find love when you don´t even know who you really are. Little Bird is an expansion of In Her Eyes, originally published in F&SF, a nominee for the Sturgeon award, an honoree for the James Tiptree award, and included in the 2015 Year´s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas (edited by Paula Guran). 1. Language: English. Narrator: M. Foster, K. Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108529/bk_acx0_108529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Francis Croft, the greatest poet of his age, was mad. His world was a nightmare of internal furies and haunting poetic vision. Harvey Lawson watched and protected him until his final suicide. From his solitary old age Harvey writes this brief account of their 20 years together and then burns all the papers to shut out an inquisitive world. The tautness and control that characterize Susan Hill´s work are abundantly evident in The Bird of Night as she magnificently handles the heights and depths, the splendours and miseries of madness and friendship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cameron Stewart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029108/bk_adbl_029108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A gorgeous, deeply felt debut novel about obsession, loneliness, and the surprising ways we find to connect with each other. Henry Jett´s life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn´t particularly like cars. Henry finds solace in his eccentric passion, rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals. Meanwhile Henry´s brother, Dan, is disappearing into an obsession of his own. Without Dan to rely on, Henry begins to engage in new ways with the people around him in his Prairie city: the 80-year-old Russian émigré who delights in telling stories; the very pregnant former employee of his mother´s; the lawyer who may or may not be his brother´s ex-girlfriend. Gradually they demand that Henry become a participant in his own story, and Henry must forge his own way of living in the world. In The Afterlife of Birds, award-winning poet Elizabeth Philips draws together unforgettable characters who subtly, powerfully demonstrate the beauty of ordinary lives and finding our place in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029433/bk_adbl_029433_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.