Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds
By Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Sasquatch Books, Paperback, 9781570614194, 191pp.
Publication Date: June 2004
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Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, an ornithology teacher and researcher, examines the amazing talents and personalities of the most common of birds. She muses on the tarnished reputation of the starling, the sexed-up antics of male woodpeckers, and the mysterious behavior and startling population explosion of crows in her hometown. Through the eye and voice of this talented writer, birds provide a fascinating point of contact with the natural world at large.
" It takes curiosity to lick a bird nest to learn how it tastes – and pluck to raise 37 baby chimney swifts by hand. Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt has done these things and more. Her collection of essays peers into the lives of such common birds as crows