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Private Lives of Garden Birds Hardcover – September 16, 2002
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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 Digital edition.
From the Back Cover
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.
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Top customer reviews
To the contrary, it is amusing, insightful and an altogether delightful read, so hesitate not!
We leave on the morrow for a "Romantic Danube" River Cruise, and I am taking this book
with me on my Amazon "Fire." So be it, eh?.
I especially enjoy the layout of the book which gives each of the several birds described an entire chapter, allowing the reader to become very familiar with that species. After reading about a particular bird it is easy to focus on that bird alone and understand more clearly the dynamics and social interactions that are going on in your back yard.
After reading this book one cannot help but discover all sorts of secrets about the bird activities going on in the neighborhood. I learned that I had a Phoebe living near me that had previously gone unnoticed. This is a wonderful book to give as a gift to anyone who has a bird feeder because the fluid style of writing and clarity with which a complicated topic is explained, makes this book a pleasure to read.
To understand what the birds around you are doing you need to see them, identify them, observe them over a period of time, and know how to interpret what you see. I often fail steps one and two and do even worse on steps three and four. Calvin Symonds moves through all four steps with grace and humor. He regards the everyday birds of his New England farm with such affection that he cedes his garage to swallows for four months every summer. He makes out the cacaphony of the blue jays as an animated assertion of family ties and draws useful life lessons from activity that many find annoying and even criminal.
The gentle expressive essays repeatedly surprise and intrigue me as they explore benieath the surface of what eleven familiar birds - from mockingbirds to crows - do. Symonds shows the reasons for their actions and describes the debates among scientists about how to explain what they observe. I hope one day he will extend the list of birds he has made familiar and fascinating to at least one non-birder.
Although the book does contain an index, information would be easier to find if the chapters were subdivided. In addition, a few references are recommended in the last chapter, but I wished the book had a full bibliography.