The Birder's Companion Paperback – 16 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Stephen Moss is the author of several books on birds, including The Birdfriendly Garden and A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching. He lives in London, where he produces a wildlife series for BBC radio.
Clive Dobson is a versatile artist and illustrator with many books to his credit, including Tex and Watersheds. He lives near Peterborough, Ontario.
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I have been an avid birdwatcher,or as we tend to call ourselves "Birders";and after over 20 years of Birding,and meeting many people who ask questions about birds;I was very impressed when I came across this book.It is definately not the book you are looking for to help you identify birds.If that is what you want,I would strongly recommend "Field Guide to the Birds of North America" ,published by National Geographic.I have written a Review on it and not only recommend it,but can tell you it is the best and most popular book for identifying birds anywhere in North America.Off all the books available to choose from,this should be your first choice.
But this book is something else entirely.It answers 450 questions about the behavior and all those other questions that virtually everyone who even looks at birds in their backyard wondered about,but never seem to find answers.
The book is written in very basic terms and easily understood.It answers many of the questions I frequently get asked by people when they hear that I am interested in birds.
The questions asked and answered cover so many things,about all I can do is list several so that yuo can see that it covers down to earth questions that you have probably wondered about.So here goes---
Do birds hibernate?
Why don't sleeping birds fall off their perches?
How well can birds smell?
Why do birds molt?
Do birds have teeth?
How did birds get their names?
Do young and adult birds travel together?
How do migrating birds find their way"
Why do birds build nests?
Do birds pair for life?
How do birds learn to sing?
Why do birds sing"
How do birds in a flock all turn at the same time?
Do birds ever fly backward or upside down?
Where do most birds live?
Why are our songbirds declining?
How many species of birds are there in North America?
As you can see,that is just a sample of the 450 interesting things covered about birds.
So,if any of these questions ever occurred to you,this is a great book to find the answers.It is also a great book to get along with any book that shows you how to identify birds,because even if these questions never occurred to you;they certainly will if you develop any interest in birds.