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Birds of the Homeplace: The Lives of Ireland's Familiar Birds

By Anthony McGeehan with Julian Wyllie


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Ireland is slowly becoming a country of nature and bird enthusiasts. Everyone has a space – gardens, farmland and oases of natural habitat – to enjoy everyday encounters with birds. Familiar the birds may be but their lives can fascinate and they are adapted to survive in ways that surprise. They are centre stage in this book that brings alive the feathered characters of Irish neighbourhoods.

Following the success of Birds Through Irish Eyes, Anthony McGeehan and Julian Wyllie take on the task of showcasing over seventy species, from Coal Tits, which choose to drop more seed from feeders than they carry away, to Irish Swallows, which avoid dying from thirst while crossing the Sahara. Some are permanent residents, others use Ireland as one of several homes. Distinctive descriptions are complemented by stunning photographs.

‘Common-or-garden’ is a term that has patronised Ireland’s familiar birds for too long. Discover what our birds do and enjoy them even more.

  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2014
  • Dimensions: 247 x 189 mm
  • Number of pages: 240
  • ISBN: 9781848892293
  • Illustrations note: Colour photos,
A lively, entertaining and informative book, which will appeal to both experienced enthusiasts and armchair garden watchers.
Compelled close attention.
Brilliantly written.
This book is a Christmas feast for all ornithologists whether professional and ‘established’ or just awakening that passion as in my 7-year-old niece Charlie. Indeed a need is arising in me now to leave the laptop and engage with the wonders, even mini- miracles of the wild birds on my doorstep. A Delicious Read!
[Anthony's] insights are amazing.
Lovely photographs and much to ponder on.
Makes you want to turn the page.
The book of the year.
An encyclopaedia of bird lore.
Masterpiece of knowledge.

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