Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review: Bird Songs - 250 North American Birds In Song

Hoot, hoot! Tweet, tweet!  Warble, warble! Chirp, chirp!

One of the highlights of Spring is opening your windows and hearing the birds sing outside.  We at the Water Library, have been enjoying those sounds outside our window as well.  We've even spotted a Great Horned Owl and Red Tailed Hawk perched in a nearby tree. 

The library has a number of books on birds, but we'd like to highlight one today that would be of great use for those wishing the could identify the nearby bird by the sing-song sounds its makes.  Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds In Song not only includes descriptive passages and photos, but an audio player that allows one to select the corresponding audio file and listen to the bird song.  They highlighted sections include Seabirds, Shorebirds, and Waterbirds, Forest birds, Woodland birds, and Open-Country birds.

Produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a world renowned resource, the fascinating book can lead readers and listeners of all ages to some wonderful discoveries.  Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website too.  Their Macaulay Library has a comprehensive collection of sounds made by the birds of North America.  Definitely worth

If you are a Wisconsin resident and would like to check out this or any other book, please fill out our book request form. If you are a UW student, faculty or staff, please request books through the Library Catalog.