When I teach, I tell stories about birds I’ve met and many of you have asked me to share my stories in writing. I also am asked how I could manage to learn so much about birds. Well, let me tell you a story…..
In Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads I share my favorite memories and stories about birds and how they changed my life. You’ll meet the rainbow birds that started it all and some amazing people who helped me when I was a fledgling. Midnight owl surveys…an avalanche of birds…Ralph-ael…bare-handing birds…pileated prowess…and so much more.
Finally I have answered your requests and am excited to share many of my birding life stories with you. Enjoy! - Bill Beatty
“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy or passion.” -Terry Orlick
In Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads you will find the “heart of human excellence” as Bill Beatty reveals how chasing birds led him to a sense of awe about all of nature. He shares his exuberance as it unfolds before his eyes.
From a young boy fascinated by the iridescent rainbows in the feathers of pigeons, to the pivotal moment when common bluebirds changed his young life forever; from catching woodpeckers barehanded to watching a screech-owl egg hatch, Bill chronicles his journey as he pursued his passion from novice to expert.
If you know nothing about birds, this book will entertain you and help you appreciate them more. Advanced birders will laugh and delight in the stories and may be inspired to share bird encounters from their own lives.
With sincere, heart-felt and funny stories, Beatty describes his birding experiences with gratitude and wonder. Everyone should be so fortunate to find such awe in life!