One wild bird at a time : portraits of individual lives / Bernd Heinrich.

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  • Author(s): Heinrich, Bernd, 1940-, author
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  • Publication Information:
    Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
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  • Physical Description:
    ix, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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    Bibliographies; Non-fiction
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    • Abstract:
      Summary: In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich shares 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{u2019}s passionate observations superbly mix memoir and science and lead to fascinating questions {u2014} and sometimes startling discoveries.
    • Content Notes:
      Flickers nesting in the house -- A quintet of crows -- Getting to know a starling -- Woodpecker with a drum -- Barred owl talking -- Hawk tablecloths -- Vireo birth control -- Nuthatch home-making -- Blue jays in touch -- Chickadees in winter -- Redpolls tunneling in snow -- Tracking grouse in winter -- Crested flycatcher's nest helpers -- Red-winged blackbirds returning -- Phoebe seasons -- Evening grosbeaks -- Audience to a woodcock.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780544387638 (hardcover)
      0544387635 (hardcover)
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Booklist Reviews 2016 March #2

The prolific Heinrich (The Homing Instinct, 2014) returns with another title to delight his bird-loving readership, this time focusing on the lives of common birds largely visible near his cabin in the Maine woods. By turning his lens to individual crows, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees, he gives readers a peek into the tiny lives that flourish around us yet are often missed in the busyness of daily life. This is Heinrich at his scientific best, referencing diary entries, making careful daily observations, asking questions about the tiniest of behavioral changes among his subjects. He also shines as an avid birder. His sheer delight over the call of the barred owl ("The owl is here!") and affection for the hidden nesting trait of the tricky chickadees are infectious. Heinrich shares a wealth of information in such a genial manner that learning comes as effortlessly as watching congregants at a backyard bird feeder. With numerous illustrations, Heinrich proves again why he is the companion of choice for those who appreciate the feathered members of our world. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.