Small-headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn't Leave His Name.: and other stories by Pete DunneSmall-headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn't Leave His Name.: and other stories by Pete Dunne

Small-headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn't Leave His Name.: and other stories

byPete DunneIllustratorLouise Zemaitis

Paperback | January 1, 1998

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Pete Dunne has been watching birds since he was seven years old. But not just watching-deeply absorbing every nuance of color, markings, shape, flight, and song; all the subtle clues that can identify a bird barely glimpsed among the highest branches in fading twilight. With the same skill, he has been observing and writing about birding and birders for over twenty years, using humor, sentiment, occasional sarcasm, and unashamed passion for his chosen profession to explore why birdwatching is so irresistibly compelling to so many people.

This book brings together thirty-two vintage essays that Dunne originally wrote for publications such as American Birds, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birder's World, Birding, Living Bird, the New Jersey edition of the Sunday New York Times, WildBird, and Wild Bird News. Encounters with birds rare and common is their shared theme, through which Dunne weaves stories of his family and friends, reflections on the cycles of nature, and portraits of unforgettable birders whose paths have crossed his, ranging from Roger Tory Peterson to a life-battered friend who finds solace in birding. A cliff-hanger story of the bird that got away gives this book its title.

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Pete Dunne is Director of the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May Point, New Jersey, and consultant to the Peterson birding field guide series.
Title:Small-headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn't Leave His Name.: and other storiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8.5 × 5.52 × 0.36 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292716001

ISBN - 13:9780292716001

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Part 1: Stories About Family
    • Gift of Seed
    • Brother Mike's Retreat from Birding
    • The Wisdom of Sisters
    • Kaleidoscope Eyes
    • The Birdin' of Kindness
    • Judgment Day
  • Part 2: Stories About Friends
    • The Soldier
    • R.
    • Harold
    • Colville Diary
    • The Last Big Day
  • Part 3: Stories About Birds...
    • In Praise of Jays
    • Small-Headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn't Leave His Name.
    • Deep Pockets
    • Embers of Spring
  • Part 4: ...And Birding
    • Getting a Leg Up on Bird-Sighting Sheets
    • Confessions of a Listing Heretic
    • Formula for a White-Winged Tern
    • The Price of Respectability
    • Eternal Errors
    • Passing Sights and Sounds
    • Made in Heaven
    • For Melinda with Love and Squalor
    • The Old Man and the Plover
    • Separating Hoagies
    • Nosing Out an Identification. Taking It with Salt.
  • Part 5: Reflections
    • The Fox and the Harrier
    • Vespers for a Fallout
    • After the Cold Front
    • Bonded to the West Wind
    • My Perfect Universe
    • Spring of Wonder, Autumn of Mastery
    • River Dipping

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Dunne . . . is one of the country's most-respected birders, a self-taught authority whose exuberant, almost-poetic approach to the pastime has won him many followers among the growing legions of birders." - Wall Street Journal