Title: Garden BirdsGarden Birds
Author: Terence Lindsey
Pages: 80
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Garden Birds provides brief descriptions of thirty-five different common birds. Its format follows a set pattern – first the main text, where basic facts are mentioned. Second, a box called ‘Field Notes’ where an interesting fact is related about the species. Third, a ‘Where to Find’ box where the usual location of the specimen is shown on a map. Fourth is a box titled “What to look for’, wherein is briefly listed the species’ size, color, and behavior. Fifth is an illustration and photograph of each species.

Here are a few of the interesting facts mentioned.

  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can hover in one spot, and that can fly backward.
  • The downy woodpecker’s song sounds like a horse’s whinny.
  • The bushtit glues its nest together with spider web.
  • The cedar waxwing sometimes eats so many berries at one meal that it becomes too heavy to fly.
  • The loggerhead shrike often stores its prey on thorn spikes until it is ready to eat.
  • The starling’s bill – which is grey in the winter – turns yellow in the spring.

Cautions.

An entirely simple definition of the verb ‘mate’ is included in the glossary.

Conclusion. An excellent (though, of course non-comprehensive) pocket guide to garden birds.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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