356 pages, 70 illus
For nearly a quarter of a century, John and Gloria Tveten wrote a weekly column, called Nature Trails, for the Houston Chronicle. Wide ranging in both subject matter and geography, their writings reflected a rewarding life of travel, study, and observation in nature, including many memorable encounters with birds. These writings tell about the fun of listing, banding, and other games birders play; about the behavior, variety, and beauty of birds; about the imperiled as well as the favoured species; and about the simple joy to be had in living with birds.
It is a warm but cloudy morning as we emerge from the dense mesquite thicket to stand on the northern bank of the Rio Grande. A small flock of green jays, purple-and-black heads contrasting brilliantly with green-and-yellow body plumage, noisily announce our presence. Slowly we work our way downstream, checking off on a mental list the other subtropical birds we see in this birder's paradise along the Mexican border....
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