Going Wild: Suburban Bird Watching

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.)


KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tim Cheung
Tim C5 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Birds can be amazing. Their beautiful colors brighten our world. We just have to take time to watch and enjoy it.

Julie F.
Julie F7 years ago

I always wonder what bird is singing

Anne F.
Anne F7 years ago

Our yards can be habitat for wild birds: watching is fascinating!

corinne ramsden
corinne ramsden7 years ago


charmaine c.
Charmaine C7 years ago

Thanks for the interesting info. Birds are a love of ours. Such diversity as well. Owls and crows...well I never!

Lenee Lirette
Lenee Lirette7 years ago