Books I Love About Birds

Not only do I read, I write as well. Maybe that should say, not only do I write, I read as well. I do both. So I wanted to share some of my favorites in no particular order on the subject of Birds.

Alex and Me by Dr. Irene Pepperberg has to top the list. Written shortly after the death of the amazing Alex, you can feel the joy, the frustration, and the tears resulting from the parrot/human realtionship.

The Birds isn’t actually a book, it’s a novelette by Daphne du Maurier, and you won’t find the Hitchcock thriller in this story. Still, it’s an edge of your seat tale and worth picking up.

Owl by William Service tells the story of an owlet that grows up in a human household, and the impact he makes. I can read this one over and over.

A bit off my proposed subject, here’s a book I have to read: Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien. Science and romance and an owl.

Another discovery that will be on my must read list, The Parrot Who Owned Me by Joanna Burger. The photo on the book cover is a red-lored Amazon parrot.

Adventures with Taking Birds by Catherine Hurlbutt is a book I read and reviewed for my book club years ago. At the time, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this book to be the life story of one woman, Catherine Hurlbutt, and her attempts to teach various birds to talk. Delightful!

The Birdman of Alcatraz by Thomas E. Gaddis has an interesting spot in my history. I haven’t read it, but I have seen the movie based on it several times. My son read it and loved it from a purely life in prison fascination standpoint. There’s no denying that Robert Stroud, the Birdman, was a psychopath as well as unlucky. His first crime, manslaughter in Alaska 1907, normally flew under the legal radar, but the new judge in town did not plan to let that happen. As he later murdered a prison guard, no doubt he would have been a menace to society in any event. Birds became a way to escape his physical confinement through the power of his mind. Gaddis may use a little too much glamor in portraying Stroud, but the story is still powerful.

Mike and I took a stab at breeding canaries, and while I am pleased to have the fluff balls we do have, I don’t think we will go that route again. And honestly, Mike just wanted to enjoy the canary songs. At times when I needed advice, there was one place to turn day or night. A Place for Canaries by Robirda McDonald. She even replied to an email and while she told me what I needed to do, get a larger cage, at the time I could not, and so ended the breeding phase. I love that Ms. McDonald has published books on canaries, and this link will not only take you to the list of those books, it is also the web site!

Finally, another book to add to my must read list: The Birding Life: A Passion for Birds at Home and Afield by Larry Sheehan and Carol Sheehan. Looking for birds everywhere, listening to their sounds, and seeing evidence of their presence is indeed, a passion.

Have a great week, and see you on Wednesday!


2 thoughts on “Books I Love About Birds

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed The Parrot Who Owned Me and Wesley the Owl, and highly recommend them. Thanks for the list! I’m looking at several reviews to see which of your recommendations I want to add to my rather full Amazon cart!

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