(The Good News Bible, Psalm 104)
Many thanks to Princeton University Press for the opportunity to review and give away a copy of this book! More on that at the bottom of this post.
Avian Architecture, How Birds Design, Engineer & Build by Peter Goodfellow
What a wonderful read this has been!
Birds from all over the world are used in this book, but there are plenty of familiar North American birds included as well.
Each chapter begins with a general overview of the nest type, then has a “Blueprint” section that goes into more structural detail on how the various types of those nests are built. Then the chapter covers Materials and Features of the specific nest type, along with a Technique section showing how it’s done, finally culminating in several fascinating species specific Case Studies.
The detail and effort some of these birds put into their nest for only one season completely amazes me.
I loved reading about how some of our more common birds – orioles and meadowlarks for instance, go about constructing their homes. It never ceases to entertain me when I find orioles nests constructed with all sorts of colorful material, “using tens of thousands of stitches and rapid shuttle movements.” Really? They do that? I’ll have to pay closer attention.
Have you ever watched an Oriole build a nest? I haven’t. I highly recommend this interesting, well written book. I think you’ll learn something and enjoy the fine photographs and artwork as well.
Now, after reading this book, I may find myself looking not only for birds, but for their nests.
Compliments of Princeton University Press
Answer this question, below in the comments, (making sure I have your contact info):
What was the most interesting nesting behavior you’ve ever seen?
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Speaking of which – does anyone know Carol Wong? She was a winner of a previous giveaway and I have no way to contact her.
Winner will be chosen by a random thing picker.