Reading progress: page 153 out of 356

Reading progress: page 153 out of 356Dead as a Door Knocker
by Diane Kelly
ISBN: 9781250197429
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 29, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Cozy, General
Pages: 368

Not loving this so far. Having the MC say “the B word” instead of bitch, and the “h word” instead of saying hell is puritanically childish. I’ve read her other books and know she can do better.

Reading Progress Update – 105 out of 255 pages

Format: Paperback
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and ThinkThe Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
by Jennifer Ackerman
isbn: 1925713768
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Pages: 355
Genre: Science
Publisher: Scribe Publishers

'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' This is one scientist's pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains- two ways to make a highly intelligent mind. But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and, lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours. What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, and survive. They're also revealing not only the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, and disturbing abilities we once considered uniquely our own - deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, and infanticide - but also ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play.

Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska's Kachemak Bay, Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect - in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behaviour - birds vary. It's what we love about them. As E.O. Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.


Jennifer Ackerman is the same author that wrote The Genius of Birds, which I thoroughly enjoyed – so when I saw this one my one furtive pre-lockdown-stage-4 visit to my local bookstore, I snatched it up with faith that it would be just as interesting as the first one.

So far, it’s not let me down.  MT has been the unwilling recipient of a multitude of fascinating bird facts.  A bonus is that so many of the birds she mentions are from Australia, and are – so far – ones that I’ve been privileged to see myself in the wild.