If you are a suburban or urban bird lover, and/or if you have some
backyard feeders, you might really enjoy reading Going Wild:
Adventures With Birds in The Suburban Wilderness, by Robert Winkler
(National Geographic, 2003).
Those of us who watch our backyard feeders wonder about a lot of
the same things, and this book offers some fun and interesting
observations and insights.
I was fascinated by his story about finding owls. I didn’t know that
owls attack crows at night,
and that crows attack owls during the day! Just last week, I had both an owl
and some crows in the same part of my woods, and now I understand
that one could have been heralding the other. Now I am going to walk to
that area and see if there are the owl signs present that Winkler disucssed
in his chapter in Barred Owls.
Winkler writes a well-written and fascinating story, and this book is a gem. It is a perfect read for
this time of year, when the birds are the main outdoor attraction (at least where I live.)