One of our new books, What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young, a tracker, birder and naturalist, considers robins, juncos and other songbirds the key to our natural world. He writes of his life-long interest, beginning as a teenager, in the songs, companion calls and alarms, that telegraph a bird’s awareness of its surroundings. His book refers to his research as “deep bird language” the behaviors and calls that may telegraph danger or keep birds in touch with their mates. This writer shares stories, such as the brave cardinal who saved his mate from a hawk and observations of the corvids, crows, ravens, jays and magpies, who steal eggs and hatchlings for food. If you love nature, this is a well-written book that will explain animal communication and it offers a web site of “bird” audio recordings.
The NHTI Library has added a new subscription to Birds & Blooms, a magazine devoted to birds and gardens, filled with columns, photos, how-to articles and facts. Stop in the library to explore an issue.
Young, Jon. What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World. Boston: Houghton, 2012. QL698.5 .Y68 2012
Here are other books in the NHTI Library collection about birds:
- Atlas of Birds: Diversity, Behavior and Conservation QL678 .U58 2011
- Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips: Hundreds of Easy Ways to Attract the Birds You Love to Watch
- QL677.5 .M37 2008
- Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors QL696 .E3 L538 2011
- How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Birds of Prey QL677.78 .C37 2010
Check the online catalog, www.library.ccsnh.edu, to learn if a book is available or call 271-7186 for assistance.