This charming book is a collection of the essays from the popular NPR radio show/podcast BirdNote. The inestimable Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has had a vital role in this series from its inception. The “chapters” are short species accounts ranging from the general to the esoteric to the more scientific, each a different aspect about a bird species or behavior. There are essays entitled “Cuckoos Eat Hairy Tent Caterpillars,” “Ravens and Crows – Who’s Who?,” “How Birds Drink,” to “Why Birds Stand on One Leg” and SO many more. You can read a few, put it down, come back and read a few more. With each reading you will learn more about the often hidden but always fascinating lives of the birds around us. Colorful illustrations accompany each essay. Go for it!
–Sue, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR