One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives PDF/EPUB ¶ Bird at Epub ß Bird at a Time: PDF/EPUB or One Wild PDF/EPUB ² Wild Bird at PDF ✓ The acclaimed scientist s encounters with individual wild birds, yielding marvelous, mind altering Los Angeles Times insights and discoveries In his modern classics One Man s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has writte.



The acclaimed scientist s encounters with individual wild birds, yielding marvelous, mind altering Los Angeles Times insights and discoveries 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 Heinrich Emeritus, Biology Univ of Vermont The Homing Instinct Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration etc smoothly describes how studying the daily lives of birds in their natural environments allows him to experience their world vicariously Now retired and living in a cabin in the Maine woods, he devotes himself to closely observing his avian neighbors, visitors, and vagrants, and keep ing daily records throughout spring, summer, fall, and winter Every year, he welcomes a pair of broad wing hawks who feast at a vernal pond populated by frogs, spring peepers, and salamanders while refurbishing their old nest Unusually, they provide a fern cover on the nest, which they update on a daily basis after their chicks hatch Heinrich also includes anecdotes from an earlier time when he still lived in Vermont Awakened one morning by the loud drumming of a male woodpecker on a nearby apple tree, the author wondered if perhaps he was seeking to attract a female Surprisingly, when a female was drawn to the sound, he stopped drumming and flew away The same behavior was repeated the following day The author s observations led him to conclude that the bird s drumming was not part of a mating ritual but rather a noisy advertisement of his nest building skills Vireos nesting near his cabin allowed him to observe how they deliberately reduced the number of eggs they were hatching to accommodate the reduced food supply after an unseasonal freeze Heinrich explains that bird watching has been an important part of his life since he was a boy on his family s farm When he was , they moved from Germany to Maine Finding familiar birds nesting immediately made this place our home, he writes An engaging memoir of the opportunities for doing scientific research without leaving one s own backyardKirkus