Monday, November 2, 2009


Our meeting to discuss Marie Winn's Red-tails in Love was very enjoyable. The meeting mirrored some of themes of the book itself. One member graciously hosted the meeting from her home in the treetops. The setting was a worthy site for a hawk's nest. Our group meets regularly to share our admiration for nature writers as did the New York birders. As a group they tracked the progress of a pair of hawks who nested high on a tony apartment building overlooking Central Park, culminating in a party with champagne when the fledglings soared from the nest. The enthusiasm of our group for the author's work mirrored Winn's praises of the natural wonders of the Park and her fond observations about the quirks and talents of her fellow birders. The vote of the 4 "regulars" present (4 regulars and 1 guest-welcome!) was that Winn's writing is the most accessible and entertaining of any of the authors we have read so far. We especially remarked on the effortless way she weaves natural history information into the story--which reads like a mystery. If you want to know more, you will have to read the book!

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