Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches? and Other Bird Questions You Know You Want to AskBook - 2007
A beginner's guide filled with wisdom and humour.
In 1983, Mike O'Connor opened the Bird Watcher's General Store, which might well have been the first store devoted solely to birding in North America. Since that time he has answered thousands of questions about birds, both at his store and while walking down the aisles of the supermarket.
The questions have ranged from:inquiries about individual species (Are flamingos really real?")
to what and when to feed birds ("Should I bring in my feeders for the summer?")
to the down-and-dirty specifics of backyard birding ("Why are the birds dropping poop in my pool?").
Answering the questions has been easy; keeping a straight face has been hard.
Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches? is the solution for the beginning birder who already has a book that explains the slight plumage variations between doves, but who is really much more interested in why birds sing at 4:30 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m., or whether it's okay to feed bread to birds, or how birds rediscover your feeders so quickly when you've just filled them after a long vacation. Or, for that matter, whether flamingos are really real.
"Mike O'Connor knows birds - I mean, REALLY knows them. He has been answering questions about birds for years, and he can deliver the straight scoop with a hilarious twist that makes it unforgettable. Reading this book is almost as much fun as bird watching, and that's saying a lot!"
-- Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to the Birds of North America
"While O'Connor's detailed responses are full of ornithological facts, it's their humor and irreverence that make the book so entertaining."
-- Audubon Magazine