Finding Comfort in Our Feathered Friends

The chirping of birds is an unmistakable sign of spring.  Even if you are not a seasoned birdwatcher, simple activities like backyard bird feeding or casually  observing the feathered friends visiting your yard may offer you some joy and comfort during these anxious times.

BirdWatching magazine is a must-read for anyone who loves birds, whether you are a casual birdwatcher or avid birder. Each issue includes articles by the best known, most respected names in birding, identification tips, spectacular photography, hands-on information about the best birding locations in North America, answers to intriguing reader questions, and much more.  Check it out on RBDigital.

You can begin to learn about bird watching with this Bird Watching 101 online course offered on Universal Class.

And here is a list of bird themed fiction and nonfiction (all ebooks or audiobooks on Overdrive) that may offer you some avian enjoyment.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal alexIntelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg & Julia Gibson

The remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas.

 

The Bird Watching Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond by Laura Erickson

With expert advice on bird watching techniques and equipment, feeding and housing birds, protecting habitats, and much more, Erickson guides you through the intricacies of the avian world with a contagious passion for our feathered friends.

The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

A methodical, diligent, and exceptionally bright detective, South is an avid birdwatcher and trusted figure in his small town on the rugged Kentish coast. He also lives with the deeply buried secret that, as a child in Northern Ireland, he may have killed a man. When a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his remote home, South’s world flips.

buddyBuddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory

Award-winning journalist Brian McGrory goes head to beak in a battle royale with another male for a top-spot in his home, vying for dominance with the family’s pet rooster.

The Confusion of Laurel Graham by Adrienne Kisner & Laura Nichol

A teen copes with her grandmother’s coma by becoming obsessed with a mystery bird that she cannot identify

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Centuryby Kirk Wallace Johnson

The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

This story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s hawktemperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive”

Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history’s most cherished composers and one of earth’s most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart’s beloved pet and Haupt’s own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration.

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Livesby Bernd Heinrich &  Rick Adamson

Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds, which lead to fascinating questions—and sometimes startling discoveries.

penguinPenguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov & George Bird

Viktor Zolotaryov sneaking back into Kiev under an assumed identity to undertake a dangerous mission: He wants to find Misha, his penguin, whom he fears has fallen into the hands of the criminal mob looking for Viktor himself.

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubonby Nancy Plain

Award-winning author Nancy Plain brings together the amazing story of this American icon’s career and the beautiful images that are his legacy.

-Archana, Adult Services and Acquisitions Librarian

Livingston, NJ 07039, USA

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