Published by Harper & Row, copyright 1986, 236 pages. Cover art by Pam Stephens.
During a recent bird outing in rural England a Dunnock was pointed out to me. It was warily perched on the far side of a shrub, as if purposely defeating my efforts to get a good shot. This was a life bird for me so I inched closer, but it flew, leaving me only some unpublishable blurs. This common, drab, brown songbird is not a great discovery for an English birder, but reminded me of Nigel Hinton’s wonderful story of a year in the life of a Dunnock. I read this tale years ago, read it again after this sighting, and have loaned my copy to multiple birders. It’s received their universal acclaim.
Hinton chose to write about a common, non-flashy bird, living in common, rural Kent County, in a common valley…
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