Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds

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Sasquatch Books, 2004 - Nature - 191 pages
Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds is a collection of seventeen thoughtful essays on birds capture the sense of wonder and connection people have for these marvelous creatures. 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. This book is nature writing at its best with compelling stories that hold readers' attention so closely they don't even realize how much they're learning.
 

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

Haupt keeps herself as a minimal subject of the book (many writers don't, an enormous failing) and speaks mostly about birds. It's interesting, often beautiful, occasionally poetic. Read full review

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User Review  - sumofan - LibraryThing

about birds, birders and environmental warnings; hoped it would be about birds but too much on the warnings; the bird bits are good. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
FIRST BIRD
13
AN INVASION OF OWLS
23
THE THRUSH AND THE FAERIE
47
CORMORANT PROBLEM
59
THE BIRDWATCHERS BOOK OF SECRETS
79
WHEN GOOD WOODPECKERS GO BAD
85
A NEW SPECIES SORT OF
93
IO THE SECRET LIVES OF VAUXS SWIFT
113
THOUGHTS ON VOICE AND PLACE
125
SPARROWS AS MOTHERS
135
ONEEYED DUNLIN
143
A BACKTOSCHOOL STORY
149
POSTCARDS FROM THE MAYAN RUINS
157
l6 CROW STORIES
167
BIRD VISION
181

THE HIDDEN BLUE GROUSE
103

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About the author (2004)

Lyanda Lynn Haupt created and directed education programs for the Seattle Audubon Society. She has worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, peregrine falcon re-introduction in Minnesota, and seabird research in the remote Pacific. Her writing has appeared in Wild Earth Journal, Open Spaces, Birdwatchers Digest, and The Prairie Naturalist. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.

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