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Wild Birds

January 2012

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If you love wild birds and bird watching, you should read some of the titles about our feathered friends from this list.

Backyard Birds of Winter by Carol Lerner
Read by Kerry Cundiff. Reading time 56 minutes.
Naturalist Lerner explains how birds survive the cold winter months in North America and southern parts of Canada, tells how to identify different birds, and offers information on what types of food they like and how to make feeders for them. She discusses such birds as chickadees, cardinals, blackbirds, wrens, doves, sparrows, and finches. For grades 3-6 and older readers.
Download Backyard Birds DB40102

Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip-Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur by Sy Montgomery

Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 11 hours 59 minutes.
Author of The Good Good Pig (DB 63822) relates her experiences with a variety of birds through personal anecdotes and observations about their behavior. Each chapter features a different species. 2010.
Download Birdology DB72861

The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes by Peter Matthiessem.
Read by Bruce Huntey. Reading time 12 hours 50 minutes.
Wilderness traveler reports on the status of the world's crane population and his adventures with fellow naturalists in the birds' habitats. Celebrates the declining species and local landscape as he journeys to sites in Asia, Africa, Western Europe, and the United States.
Download The Birds of Heaven DB53665

Birds on the Couch: The Bird Shrink's Guide to Keeping Polly from Going Crackers and You out of the Cuckoo's Nest by Ruth Hanessian
Read by Miriam Wagner. Reading time 4 hours 15 minutes.
Pet-store owner uses anecdotes to advise bird fanciers on choosing the right bird and then understanding its behavior and emotions. 1998.
Download Birds on the Couch DB53196

Corvus: A Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson
Read by Mitzi Friedlander. Reading time 10 hours 25 minutes.
Nature writer reflects on the years she and her family have cared for wild, captive-bred, and rescued birds at their Scotland home. Describes bonds with a rook named Chicken and other birds, many from the corvid or crow family. Discusses avian history, behavior, and depiction in poetry and literature. 2008.
Download Corvus DB69278

Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day by Diane Ackerman
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time 7 hours 20 minutes.
Naturalist explores perceptions of dawn through musings, stories, and observations in nature. Offers descriptive essays on the early morning light that emulate a bird's migration path from Ithaca, New York, to Palm Beach, Florida, during the four seasons. 2009.
Download Dawn Light DB70564

Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 4 hours 49 minutes.
Durrell, a naturalist and zookeeper, recounts voyages to the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, once home to the now-extinct Dodo bird. Describes the efforts of his team to collect endangered species and bring them to his Jersey sanctuary to ensure their survival. 1977.  
Download Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons DB65884

Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds: A Step-by-Step Guide by Hugh Wiberg
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 3 hours 39 minutes.
Massachusetts author discusses his twenty years of experience patiently feeding wild birds from his hand and gives step-by-step instructions for others to learn to hand-feed. He provides information on each of the species of birds he has successfully befriended and includes tips on photographing birds. 1999.
Download Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds DB66627

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds by Christopher Cokinos
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 12 hours 50 minutes.
Presents the histories of six extinct North American birds: Carolina parakeet, ivory-billed woodpecker, heath hen, passenger pigeon, Labrador duck, and great auk. Discusses the people who killed these birds and those who protected them. The author describes his visits to the birds' former habitats and what he concluded from his research. 2000.
Download Hope Is the Thing with Feathers DB53998

The Lives of Birds: Birds of the World and Their Behavior by Lester L. Short.
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 8 hours 25 minutes.
The curator of birds of the American Museum of Natural History draws upon the latest research and knowledge on the diverse world of birds. He discusses bird behavior from hatchling through fledgling to maturity, including information on diets, flying, singing, migration, territoriality, courtship, nesting, and mating. Also includes a chapter on the interrelationship between birds and humans.
Download The Lives of Birds DB41184

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
Read by Dan Bloom. Reading time 19 hours 28 minutes.
Describes the drama of bird migration in the western hemisphere--the problems and the future outlook. Also discusses researchers, amateur birders, land managers, and others who study the birds' travel patterns and work to protect their sanctuaries. Covers southward journeys from Alaska, wintering grounds, nesting season, and northward flights. 1999.
Download Living on the Wind DB62048

Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew D. Blechman.
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time 6 hours 40 minutes.
Journalist posits that the often-domesticated pigeon or dove--long used in homing, racing, and cooking--has an unparalleled history and an unmatched intelligence. His examination of attitudes toward the species includes conversations with pigeon-rights activists and fanciers as well as those who despise and kill the feral bird. 2006.
Download Pigeons DB67773

A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher Benfey.
Read by Alec Volz. Reading time 9 hours 30 minutes.
Examines the imagery and symbolism of the hummingbird that captivated four American artists and writers, whose association reached an apex in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1882. Explores the themes of nature, religion, and sexuality in each individual's work. 2008.
Download A Summer of Hummingbirds DB68387

Treasury of North American Birdlore by Paul S. Eriksson.
Read by Jon Beryl. Reading time 15 hours 20 minutes.
Collection of classic nature writings that explore all facets of bird life. First published in 1962. The list of contributors includes John James Audubon, John Muir, Edwin Way Teale, Joseph Wood Krutch, and Rachel Carson, among others.
Download Treasury..DB28229