In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. Heinrich's observations lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin delivers 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 20 feet above the ground and lands on the grass below. It can't fly. What will happen next?
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Heinrich is an excellent observer of the natural wild world around him. He is able to put daily observations into words with such keen detail and insight that he draws the listener into his thinking. Insightful, thoughtful and fascinating. A great introduction into the birds that surround our lives and often go unnoticed.
Heinrich is a superb educator and I am thrilled to have another of his books in my collection. This entry is not to be missed if you are interested in birds and expanding your understanding and connection with nature. A treat.
Imagine being with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable birdwatcher friend talking to you about his experiences with birds. That's what it feels like listening to this work. A lot of intriguing facts and observations are laid out in a manner that piques your curiosity. I really enjoyed going along.
One thing I found a little incongruous was the manner in which the narrater read it. While the author's words are passionate, the narrator's reading is rather on the dispassionate and objective tone. I would've enjoyed it even more if it was read in a more enthusiastic manner than the cool, dispassionate style. But still it doesn't change the fact that it's a great listen and time well spent luxuriating in bird trivia.
The authors passion for birds and his patience in watching and recording facts is impressing. Mostly it makes for a fun and educating listen, if a bit heavy in numbers and facts about temperatures, dates, number of bird calls and droppings etc. (The grouse scat weighed in at 1.2 grams...)
Me having had no interest in bird watching, this was a small revelation. Actually I enjoyed the authors evident passion for birds as much as I enjoyed the bird "stories" themselves.
Narration was good. Probably not a very taxing task, since there were no need for accents or emotions to be conveyed. Just a pleasant unobtrusive narration. I'm giving an extra star for the Barred Owl calls. Made me smile every time.
This book is entirely charming, the audio version is especially good because the reader makes the extra effort to try to imitate the bird calls. As an occasional birder this is great as Peterson'$ guides have the calls written out it's nice to have a aural hint too. An original naturalist narrative.
I enjoyed the stories, and learned quite a bit. I will say that you would probably have to be a bird lover to like this book (which I am).
This is about a 3.5 - 3.75 star rating. The book was well researched, informative and I enjoyed some of the tidbits I learned about bird behavior. The author must have a ton of patience, as the book has very minute details (i.e., how many times per day a bird fed its young, cleaned up its poop, etc). However, there were some parts where my attention wandered. I also wasn't comfortable with him touching the young birds in a nest in order to get the parents agitated so he can study their communication. I listened to this on audio, which I am glad I did; I am not sure I would have stayed with it in the printed format. Part of the problem also may be that I am not the type of person to sit in the woods for hours on end and observe the surroundings; perhaps more of a "nature" person would appreciate this more.
I did not expect this to hold my attention, but I enjoyed this so much....yes we are in an extreme winter, and thinking of the birds return is nice, but this was not limited to spring alone.
Bernd Heinrich is deeply attentive and curious. In this book he records some of his close observations of individual birds near his home in Maine, and in so doing invites the reader to be more attentive and curious about birds and other animals that we might observe close to home over long periods. Great book for birders and others who want to be attentive to the world around them. Narration is well suited to the text.
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