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One Wild Bird at a Time Audiobook

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Bernd Heinrich (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    sara 12-21-16
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    "An Adventure In Nature"

    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.

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    joan 11-22-16
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    "Great introduction"

    Wondrous birds and wondrous tidbits and a wonderful narrator.
    It all makes for a mini vacation you can pick up anytime.

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    Bruce 12-29-16
    Bruce 12-29-16
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    "You are in good hands with this one."

    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.

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    Mike T. 12-24-16
    Mike T. 12-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Numbers heavy, but still a lot of fun."

    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.

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    Margaret 09-21-16
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    "Inspiring"

    I love this author. This book in particular inspired me to be more diligent in making and documenting my own observations.

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    M. 01-23-17
    M. 01-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "worth it for the bird calls"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 01-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    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).

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-30-16
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "For Nature Lovers"

    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.

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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 05-02-17
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative"

    Interesting material that is well written. Of course you need to be a bird enthusiast to begin with. Not for someone not so inclined. The narrator is bland but that might be the result of the material and not an indication of his talent. That being said I would recommend to someone interested in birding.

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    Allie Zed 03-09-17
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    "Great stories, great science, good voice performance."

    Charming, engaging, and informative. This book would be of interest to anyone who lives in Northeast America and has wondered about the lives of our birds. I recommend it to anybody who likes stories about scientific discovery. The author explains how for decades he studied the lives of many species of wild birds, and how he tested hypotheses to explain unusual behaviors or interesting phenomena he observed. A great primer on methods in field biology as well as a lovely series of stories about our avian neighbors. I also liked the voice performance for its clear diction and how he conveys empathy snd wry amusement.

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