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Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior
With these handy paperback reference guides, illustrated throughout with black-and-white line drawings, nature watchers know what to look for and how to interpret what they see. Whether carried into the field or consulted at home, these books provide readers with fascinating facts and insights into the behavior of birds and wildlife.And that's not all. With new Stokes proj ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published March 22nd 1989 by Little Brown and Company
(first published April 30th 1983)
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I reach for this, and the other 2 books in the series, again and again. Recently, someone asked me, "Have all the Red-winged Black Birds migrated?" Here is the answer I found, "Sometime in late July or early August you will suddenly realize that the Red-winged Blackbirds are no longer on their breeding ground. In fact, the chances are that you will not see a Redwing for the last month of the summer, for this is the time when they join other Redwings in secluded marshes and go through their molt. ...more
I absolutely loved this book and found it fascinating. I have developed a love of backyard birds and can't read enough about them. Watching their behaviors while making their nests, raising their little ones and parenting the juveniles has been so interesting. It is amazing that any birds survive with so many odds stacked against them and so many predators. This book gave me so much extra knowledge that I was yearning for about specific breeds of birds. Can't wait to read Volume II.
The Stokes' three volumes on bird behavior are limited in the number of birds they cover but extremely detailed in the coverage of those birds. All three are extremely highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand some common North American birds' behavior better.