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These Books are for the Birds

Check out these books before they fly off the shelves:

Non-Fiction

Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature by Nick Davies

Cuck-oo!  Cuck-oo!  Cuck-oo!  While the pleasant call of the cuckoo may be a sign of spring to Homo sapiens, it’s a foreboding signal of doom to other bird species.  Cuckoos, a parasitic Aves species, tricks other birds into raising their offspring by removing an egg from their nest and replacing it with one of their own.  Then, once the cuckoo hatches, they throw the other chicks out.  Through countless field experiments and acute tracking skills, field naturalist Nick Davies highlights the evolutionary adaptations of both cuckoos and their hosts.  With over thirty years of experience, Davies presents several easy-to-follow experimentations full of fascinating facts and stories that will leave readers pleasantly surprised with this new found knowledge.             

Fiction

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

For three years, Mr. Malik, a widow, has pined for Ms. Rose Mbikwa, the East African Ornithological Society bird talks’ facilitator.  And with the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball quickly approaching, Mr. Malik is thinking about asking Rose to accompany him as his date… But Harry Kahn is back in town, and he is also planning to ask Rose to be his date.  To settle matters, the Asadi Club created a contest – whomever can identify the most birds can ask Rose to the ball.  In A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, Drayson creates an engaging love triangle that not only features middle-aged romance, but also explores Kenyan life, politics, and ornithology.

Non-Fiction

A Year on the Wing: Four Seasons in a Life with Birds by Tim Dee

Part memoir and part scientific treatise, Tim Dee’s A Year on the Wing offers month-by-month accounts of avian life and migration.  With over forty years of observations of birds on land, sea, and air, Dee captures the essence of life for both Homo sapiens and Aves.  Watching birds creates a sense of wonder, and their freedom of flight expands horizons in ways that we will never know.  Dee also utilizes the works of prominent writers and naturalists including Aristotle, William Wordsworth, and Ted Hughes to create a literary homage to our feathered friends.  Dee unearths the connections that binds us to birds in this beautifully rendered medley of life.



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