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By Dana Gardner

No poultry is usual, if we use “common” to intend traditional. yet birds which are visible customarily than others can appear much less noteworthy than species which are not often glimpsed. during this collecting of essays and illustrations celebrating fifty of the most typical birds of the higher Midwest, illustrator Dana Gardner and author Nancy Overcott motivate us to take a more in-depth examine those regularly occurring birds with renewed appreciation for his or her not-so-ordinary attractiveness and lifeways. starting with the garishly coloured male and the extra lightly coloured lady wooden duck, whose tree hollow space nest serves as a launching pad for ducklings in the summertime months, and finishing on a brilliant yellow observe with the yank goldfinch, whose joyful presence enlivens the midwestern panorama throughout the year, Overcott combines box observations drawn from her twenty-plus years of residing and birding in Minnesota's enormous Woods with anecdotes and knowledge from different ornithologists to painting every one species' existence cycle, its vocalizations and visual appeal, and its habitat, nutrients, and foraging tools in addition to migration styles and distribution. Infused with a commitment to preserving traditional assets, her succinct but personable prose kinds an awesome supplement to Gardner's watercolors as this well known illustrator of avian lifestyles around the globe revisits the birds of his early life. jointly paintings and textual content make sure that the wild turkey, nice blue heron, sharp-shinned hawk, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, condo wren, ovenbird, box sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged blackbird, and 40 different species of the higher Midwest are by no means visible as universal back.

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