I picked this up based on the cover photo, not of the bird, but of the sprawled body on the back road. A picture is worth a thousand words. While mesmerized by birds, I've never had the urge to track them this way, however Mr. Dempsey made me understand why people do. The adventures are great fun, the reverence for birds compelling and the characters entertaining. These are great friendships, with tolerance for uniqueness and differences. I loved this book, the humor, and the writing. A great read!