Private Lives of Garden Birds


By Calvin Simonds

Illustrated by Julie Zickefoose

Foreword by Scott Shalaway

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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around August 28, 2012. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

Brimming with stories, wisdom, and expert knowledge, this delightful book gives enthusiasts a peek into the private worlds of eleven North American birds: swallows, blue jays, chickadees, song sparrows, house sparrows, phoebes, mockingbirds, crows, red-winged blackbirds, robins, and hummingbirds. Calvin Simonds shows you how to really observe these birds — how to interpret the caws of crows, recognize blue jays from their facial markings, understand the flight patterns of swallows. You’ll be enthralled as you eavesdrop on a group of sparrows trading songs in a “hootenanny,” feel the dry grip of a chickadee’s claws on your fingers, tramp through a summer meadow to visit a phoebe, and much more.


On Sale
Aug 28, 2012
Page Count
240 pages

Calvin Simonds

About the Author

Calvin Simonds is the pen name of a naturalist, professor of Ethology, and writer. He is the author of The WeatherWise Gardener and (with Phebe Leighton) The New American Landscape Gardener, as well as articles in Horticulture, Country Journal, and Harvard Magazine, among other publications. Simonds lives and watches birds on his farm in Massachusetts.

Julie Zickefoose is a widely published natural history writer and artist who also presents nature lectures throughout the United States. Her illustrations have been seen in The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and other publications. She lives in Ohio.

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