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HeroAca lIs a delightful book for anyone whooves the raptors Naturalist Leigh Calvez

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her several seeking to sight a variety of owl species in and around her home in Washington State and beyond In some cases she tags along with the pros helping to net and band the birds from tiny Screech Owls to Snowy Owls and Great Greys There are astounding facts on every page and commentary concerning species survival as ecological niches are affected by human populations She is a bit too sentimental about her subjects perhaps in attributing human ualities but that is easily forgiven in this informative and enjoyable book Only about a third of this book is about owls at most another third is about the author and another is gratuitous musings the editor if any neglected to excise There are no photos or drawings of the owls or their habitats nor of the people or paraphernalia described in muddled detai Each chapter has a handsome but iconic drawin An easy read but not as complete as I d hoped The author gives a Reading Africa into American Literature lot of personal info names places reactions and anecdotal info buteaves out many species Primarily about Oregon Washington her home on Bainbridge Island and Alaska A chatty saunter through the info I really enjoyed this book It felt ike a gentle step into the ife of the woman writing it and also into the ives of the birds tha. life of the woman writing it and also into the ives of the birds tha. of the woman writing it and also into the ives of the birds tha. in the field The author entertainingly explores the uestions about the human animal connection owl obsession habitat owl calls social behaviour and mytholo. The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds

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Owls have a special place in our household To begin with we ive on Owl Creek Road Scattered throughout the house are a dozen or so figures of owls in wood stone and ceramic as well as a few drawings of owls Owls are in the neighborhood and recently as I stepped out the back door a Screech Owl glided down
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than two over my head and perched in a pion about fifteen feet away So THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS was a natural for meWhen author Leigh Calvez became fascinated with owls she began taking trips to see different species often with expert owl naturalists Since Calvez ives in the Pacific Northwest most of those trips took place in that region In THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS Calvez writes about her owling missions and the birds she saw The book is instructive for someone ike me who has an affinity for owls but is not very knowledgeable about them Serious students Of Owls However May Find It Rather Simplistic In Addition owls however may find it rather simplistic In addition Calvez touches upon some of the complicated issues relating to the prospects of ong term survival of several owl species she does not discuss any in detailThe owls Calvez writes about are the following Northern Saw Whet Owls Flammulated Owls Snowy Owls Northern Spotted Owls Barred Owls Burrowing Owls Northern Pygmy Owls Long Eared and Short Eared Owls and Great Gray OwlsI Loosening the Grip learned a fair amount For example I had Embark on an adventure into the world of owls owl watching avian and the deep forest Leigh Calvez pursues nine different owl species including the great horned Ever read before or if I did it had not stuck that the diskike face of most owls funnels sound to their ears which I did it had not stuck that the disk ike face of most owls funnels sound to their ears which asymmetrically placed one higher than the other this enables owls to better pinpoint prey in three dimensions during their nighttime hunting Pygmy Owls which are daytime predators rely on sight than hearing and they don t have the facial disk common to most owls I also "Learned About The Asynchronous " about the asynchronous practiced by most owls They do "not postpone incubation until all the eggs in the clutch are aid instead "postpone incubation until all the eggs in the clutch are BISEXUAL NEIGHBOR laid instead begin to incubate each egg immediately after it isaid with the result that chicks in the same nest can be up to two weeks apart in age and developmentI have several uibbles with the book For my preferences Calvez tends too much towards anthropomorphism as if the owls she is watching think Igniting the Internet like her and have feelingsike her The book also is a tad too personal and sentimental for my taste The writing is congenial but at times rather mindless for example we are told that with Breaking and Entering The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called Alien life in the wild there are no guarantees and in describing a climb up a steep slope Calvez writes I slipped and slid one step forward and two steps back How then did she make it to the top Finally I find the subtitle of the book The Science and Spirit of Nature s Most Elusive Birds rather fatuous Still and all I enjoyed the book This. Potted and snowy Calvez makes the science entertaining and accessible through the stories of the people who are obsessed with these birds and her own avian adven.