Birder's Eye View: Savannah & the Low Country

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Birder's Eye View: Savannah & the Low Country is a compilation of 53 of the entertaining and informative articles that Diana Churchill has written twice monthly for the Savannah Morning News since 2001. Organized by season, the articles give the reader a month-by-month overview of Low Country bird life. Nationally known birder Kenn Kaufman provides the Foreword. Designed to appeal to both novice and experienced birders, Birder s Eye View offers photos and descriptions of Low Country habitats, a section for birds in your yard, and a Resources section that includes birding locations from Charleston, SC to Cumberland Island. Churchill weaves personal reminiscences with useful facts and a bit of humor. The book is illustrated with nearly 500 color photographs, most taken by Churchill herself. Each seasonal section starts with an overview, followed by four articles per month with colorful titles such as Beware the Berry Bandits, What a Bird Guy Will Do to Get a Gal, and To Everything, Tern, Tern, Tern. The In Your Yard section offers advice about providing food, water and housing to backyard birds, as well as dealing with pesky squirrels. There is also a quick-reference photo guide to the common backyard birds, organized by food preference and season. Sections and seasons are color coded, making it easy to scan through to a particular season or month.

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Diana Churchill grew up in Savannah and developed an early love of the beaches, marsh, tidal creeks, and birds of the Low Country. She attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she majored in Spanish. She took one formal class in ornithology and spent a month riding around the state of Florida watching birds. After graduating from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Diana moved to Massachusetts where she had a private massage practice for 17 years. There, she joined the Brookline Bird Club and got seriously hooked on birds - particularly the spring migration of songbirds. She got her bird education in the field, attending walks led by expert birders. In 1997, Diana embarked on a 4 month mid-life adventure, traveling around Australia watching and photographing birds. This led, indirectly, to her return to Savannah in 1998, where she began working at Wild Birds Unlimited in February 1999. In 2001, she started writing "Birder's Eye View" for the Savannah Morning News. She has twice served as President of Ogeechee Audubon, and has led birding and natural history programs for Audubon, Georgia Ornithological Society, and Wilderness Southeast. Diana s started trying to photograph birds in the mid 1990s with a Canon Rebel film camera and a 75-300 lens. In 2001, she upgraded to Canon s 100-400 IS lens, and in 2004, replaced her film camera with a Canon 20D. Currently, she uses a Canon 40D with the 100-400 IS lens.

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Just in time for the Holidays, my friend, Diana Churchill has come out with a wonderful book. Diana has been writing a birding column Birder s Eye View for the Savannah newspaper for years. She has taken some of her best columns and put them into a book. It is titled Birder s Eye View, Savannah & The Low Country. But wait it isn't just a collection of stories about birds. She has put a lot of thought into why birds are here along the Georgia coast. Diana has included a section on habitats. She also includes a resource section for those who want to visit the area and need some tips. The habitat descriptions and resource guide make this book an invaluable reference guide for the visitors who want to explore our coast. The book is divided into seasons and then months. Each month has a few charming vignettes of the birds you might find in those months. She adds a section on the backyard for those who want to attract birds to yard. You can meet Diana and see her book at Wild Birds Unlimited in Savannah. I am excited to see this delightful book on the shelves at Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop at Jekyll Island. Check it out! --Lydia Thompson Blog: coastalgeorgiabirding-lydia.blogspot.com

All Low Country birders interested in knowing when, how, and where to find birds along the southern Atlantic Coast should own this book! Diana s book, with its thorough examination of our avifauna by season and habitat, not to mention the wonderful photography, will become an instant companion volume to birding field guides. --Larry Carlile Wildlife Biologist, Fort Stewart, GA

Diana has a way with words that intrigues, entertains, and makes memorable her ever-growing body of birding knowledge. She can inspire non-birders as well as impress the experts. Her ability to communicate her passion for the feathered is beautifully enhanced by her fabulous photos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book is full of bonuses. Whether you want a guide that s useful and easy to use, or you re just looking for a good read, you ll find it here. --Joyce Murlless, Executive Director, Wilderness Southeast

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