From the Inside Flap
Calvin Simonds has spent a lifetime learning to see the world as birds see it. And all those years of patient study have paid off: Private Lives of Garden Birds
is the classic introduction to the most intimate, engaging secrets of eleven common backyard birds -- ones most often seen in gardens, yards, and parks.
Simonds conducts a kind of backyard safari where you'll witness the singular behavior of already-familiar birds. You'll learn how to distinguish different types of swallows by their flight patterns and how to recognize individual blue jays by their distinctive facial markings. You'll listen in on a song sparrow jam session where the lead bird tries out new songs and teaches his repertoire to the rest of his flock. And you'll learn why the power mower and the lawn sprinkler have become the robin's best friends.
Brimming with practical wisdom, charming personal stories, and genuine scientific insight, this updated and expanded third edition is essential reading for bird lovers, nature lovers, and especially familes who want to know their feathered neighbors better.
--This text refers to the
From the Back Cover
The best thing to happen to bird lovers since binoculars!
Have you ever seen a mockingbird do its dance of defiance inches away from a cat? Or watched a wintering flock of chickadees claim a backyard bird feeder as their own? In Private Lives of Garden Birds, Calvin Simonds teaches you how to become a silent observer of the extraordinary habits of birds. You'll learn to interpret the different caws of crows, you'll discover how to tell which red-winged blackbird is likely to have a single mate and which one will have a harem, and if you're really lucky, you may even witness an aerial dogfight between two male hummingbirds.