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Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by [Kenn Kaufman]

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Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder Kindle Edition

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Length: 338 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"An arresting glimpse into one of America's quirkiest subcultures."

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An ornithologist’s account of his youthful, year-long, cross-country birdwatching adventure: “A fascinating memoir of an obsession.” —Booklist

At sixteen, Kenn Kaufman dropped out of the high school where he was student council president and hit the road, hitching back and forth across America, from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Mexico. Maybe not all that unusual a thing to do in the seventies, but what Kenn was searching for was a little different: not sex, drugs, God, or even self, but birds. A report of a rare bird would send him hitching nonstop from Pacific to Atlantic and back again. When he was broke he would pick fruit or do odd jobs to earn the fifty dollars or so that would last him for weeks. His goal was to set a record—most North American species seen in a year—but along the way he began to realize that at this breakneck pace he was only looking, not seeing. What had been a game became a quest for a deeper understanding of the natural world. Kingbird Highway is a unique coming-of-age story, combining a lyrical celebration of nature with wild, and sometimes dangerous, adventures, starring a colorful cast of characters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6626 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (11 April 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K16P46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ridgeback
5.0 out of 5 stars A birding classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2017
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Deirdre Dunlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedside reading for any birder
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2013
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S. C. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic adventure story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2013
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sure2write
4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme birding!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2013
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2nimm
5.0 out of 5 stars récit d'aventures ornithologiques passionnant mais mal illustré
Reviewed in France on 19 August 2011
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Sydney Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Reviewed in Canada on 7 April 2018
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S. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for Avid or Casual Birders
Reviewed in the United States on 4 June 2019
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Marc Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story whether you're a birder or not
Reviewed in the United States on 11 February 2014
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Bookman McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener
Reviewed in the United States on 31 December 2019
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Karl Janssen
4.0 out of 5 stars Ornithological pilgrimage
Reviewed in the United States on 31 March 2016
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A. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United States on 11 July 2017
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Candace in Phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Birder Lives His Dream
Reviewed in the United States on 24 June 2015
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R. Houser
5.0 out of 5 stars a great birding narrative
Reviewed in the United States on 11 July 2010
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but would have liked more photos of birds
Reviewed in the United States on 12 April 2018
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Dr. DH Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Birds
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