** The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker


The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human is a delightful set of stories about birds, written by a knowledgeable birder. From pigeons to starlings, nutcrackers to parrots, the author takes pains to show how birds have abilities that we can only imagine, and badly at that. What does it mean to “see” the earth’s magnetic field? Along the way, many funny stories are told, whether about red contact lenses for chickens (to minimize pecking) to the author’s own hauling of a dead deer in his parents’ car to observe buzzards’ feeding habits.

I loved the stories — and I would preferred they not be systematically accompanied by comparisons to the more mundane capabilities of humans.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Non fiction

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s