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This Blog Is for the Birds

My momma has always loved birds.  Her yard is filled with bird feeders, bird baths, and other bird hangouts.  Cardinals (the state bird of her home state Illinois) and hummingbirds are her favorites.  My whole childhood, wherever we lived, I always knew about local birds because my mother was constantly pointing them out.  Naturally, I grew up fascinated by birds, too.  But my favorites are pelicans (because I did a report on them in fifth grade) and all birds of prey (because I went to an awesome event at a local museum when I was very young).  And, yes, my least favorite are chickens.  Those things freak me out.  (As everyone who knows me knows well.)  If you're a young bird enthusiast, or even an older one, you'll be thrilled to know that there are several excellent new nonfiction titles featuring our feathered friends.

Fly with Me : A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple & Jason Stemple
J  598  YOL
Enchanting stories, lyrical poems, stunning photography, and fascinating science fill the pages of this treasury celebrating the amazing world of birds.  It was created to help celebrate Year of the Bird, National Geographic’s 2018 initiative to bring awareness to the plight of birds around the world.

Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration by Sandra Markle
J  598.97  MAR
Late in 2013, snowy owls started showing up in places no one expected to find them—, including Florida.  What had caused so many of these majestic birds to leave their Arctic home and fly to southern Canada and the United States? Scientists quickly began working to find out. Markle brings together firsthand reports from the scientists involved along with stunning photographs of the owls to explain this rare event, known as an irruption.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill
J  598.887  THO
Thornhill returns to questions on adaptation, conservation, and extinction, all raised in her 2016 award-winning title The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, but here posed in a different light—one of triumph. The narrative pieces together the House Sparrow's long history, from around 12,000 years ago to the present day, to better understand how a creature so reviled still managed to adapt and survive in great numbers.

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre
E  598.872  SAY
The migrating warblers have arrived, to feed and preen, to refuel and rest before continuing on their amazing journey of thousands of miles. This photographic picture book captures in lush detail the story of these tiny, colorful, and diverse birds.

Woodpeckers: Drilling Holes and Bagging Bugs by Sneed Collard III
J  598.72  COL
Introducing kids to woodpeckers, Collard opens with their most distinctive and crazy-sounding behavior: they repeatedly pound their beak into trees with a force that would leave other species brain-damaged. The text explains their physical adaptations, such as shock-absorbing skull bones, then looks at their motivations.

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