In his modern classics One Man's Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about his relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl. In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but Heinrich argues that some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate. Heinrich's "passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science" (New York Times Book Review) lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher, while bringing food to the young in their nest, is attacked by the other flycatcher nearby. Why? A pair of Northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin deliver the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings, and to make a related discovery about nest-cleaning. One of a clutch of redstart warbler babies fledges out of the nest from twenty feet above the ground, and lands on the grass below. It can't fly. What will happen next? Heinrich "looks closely, with his trademark 'hands-and-knees science' at its most engaging, [delivering] what can only be called psychological marvels of knowing" (Boston Globe). An eminent biologist shares the joys of bird-watching and how observing the anomalous behaviors of individual birds has guided his research.
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by Bernd Heinrich
by Helen Macdonald
by Martin Rees
by Ann Druyan
by Bernd H. Schmitt
by Sebastian Junger
by Jacob Teitelbaum
by Doug McGuff, John Little
"The clearing and woods around Bernd Heinrich's Maine cabin were his research center. As he studied, the author got to know birds as individuals. He could recognize the twang of a particular blue jay, for example. Narrator Rick Adamson brings a clear, interested voice to stories of starlings grooming themselves or woodcocks standing up to predators. He reads with a sense of innocent wonder. That's maintained even as the author proves to be an expert who does bird autopsies and collects grouse scat. The audiobook covers all aspects of bird life. The author's story of following sapsuckers through the woods may bring a smile, but the slow attrition of an egg brood in harsh conditions makes for a sad puzzle. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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