Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds

Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds ၫ recommended ῳ Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds to read ⚥ PDF by Sy Montgomery ⚷ Introduction I have waited a long time to write this book Ever since I was privileged to live among and study wild emus in South Australia in 1984, I have wanted to write a book about birds Though I have written elsewhere about those emus, I never got around to a whole book about birds, mostly because mammals kept jumping the line chimps, gorillas, and orangutans Man eating tigers River dolphins Snow leopards Tree kangaroos Our wonderful pig, Christopher Hogwood Putting off this book was not intentional, but perhaps fortunate It is easier to understand our fellow mammals birds are distant and enigmatic It has taken me all this time even to begin to learn how to probe their mysteries Birds have been trying to educate me since I was a child I have always loved watching and reading about and learning from them But even importantly, birds always come into my life at critical moments to enrich my spirit and enlarge my heart The first male ever to court meI was only a child but I loved him deeplywas a bird I was seven His name was Jerry He was a green parakeet who came home with me from a dime store And although I was delighted when he first agreed to perch on my hand and thrilled when he would finally fly to me, I was most honored when he threw up on my finger Even though I had never seen any other creature do this in quite the same way, I understood what was happening he was feeding me This was a mark of deep trust and affection, and he would do this only with me He had taken me as his mate I was entranced and honored by everything Jerry did I loved the way he used his curved beak to hull his round millet seeds Hed pierce the husk with his lower mandible and peel the outer husk away by forcing the seed against his ridged palate and twirling it with his strong, muscular tongue Jerry was thrillingly different from everyone else I had known Even his digestive system was a radical departure from those of mammals, as I could clearly see from his droppings, which appeared from a single opening and incorporated both waste products in one neat little two colored package And of course I loved that Jerry could fly I let him do so often, to my mothers dismay He liked to perch on the crystal chandelier over her prized mahogany dining room table, with predictable consequences People used to ask me if I wanted to teach Jerry to talk I did not I already had friends who talked I wanted him to teach me what he knew, for I realized that he was the master and I the student Among the many things he showed me was that birds stir our souls in ways that change our lives The ancients knew this well Images of birds adorn the walls of the caves of Lascaux, accompanying prehistoric humans on the hunt Its easy to imagine why people carved pictures of birds on tombs as early as 2600 B.C Birds fly through the air, the element of our breath they symbolize the soul From Sufi poetry to native American myths, from Egyptian tombs to Christian tapestries, birds beguile us With their beauty, their songs, their flight, and their very strangeness, birds stir our deepest psychic strivings Even the commonest of birds remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull wield the power to thrill and inspire No wonder bird watching is the fastest growing of all outdoor activities in the United States and one of the most popular hobbies the world around Happily, there are many hundreds of excellent books in print on bird watching and classification This book is not among them Instead, these pages address a dilemma about which British author Tim Dee writes in his book A Year on the Wing. We seek the truth of birds through collection and classification, he writes But the truth of birds eludes us Of a woodcock he recorded at age thirteen, he writes, I was sure of our identification but it offered so little of itself that I felt I had been simultaneously shown the bird and excluded from it He calls this the defining condition of bird watching We can know a birds name we can identify it and by its sighting add it to our life list but still, the essence of the bird flies away Even though birds are all around us, most of them are strangers We dont know them as individuals We know very little of what it might be like to be a bird If we did, we would be awestruck That is the purpose of this book to restore both our awe and our connection to these winged aliens who live among us Birds are the only wild animals most people see every day No matter where we live, birds live with us Too many of us take them for granted We dont appreciate how very strange they are, how different We dont realize what otherworldly creatures birds are Their hearts look like those of crocodiles Birds are covered with modified scaleswe call them feathers Their bones are hollow, permeated with extensive air sacs They have no hands They give birth to eggs No other scientific classification of living creature we commonly see is so different from us as is the class Aves We dont even think of birds as animals although they areas are humans, of course We consider animals to be our fellow mammals, with whom our kinship is obvious Its easy to see a kindred soul when you look into the eyes of a chimp, for instance They share than 98 percent of our DNA You can get a blood transfusion from a chimp We shared a common ancestor with chimps as recently as 5 million years ago But actually, all mammals now living except for the pouched marsupials like kangaroos and the egg laying platypus and echidna share at least 90 percent of their genetic material with humans We shared a common ancestor with even the most distant of our fellow placental mammals as recently as 100 million years ago The last ancestor we shared with the birds, however, traces back 325 to 350 million years ago A bird is as distant from us as a dinosaur But unlike the extinct monsters of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, birds today are everywhere among uson our sidewalks, at our bird feeders, on our dinner plates Yet despite our disparate evolutionary paths, scientists are now beginning to reveal the extent to which birds emotional and intellectual abilities are remarkably like ours To understand birds is to appreciate at once their fundamental strangeness and sameness What makes a bird a bird To explore this question, in these pages I share my adventures with seven different bird species Each chapter explores a different aspect of avian essence Here are seven essential truths about birds In my opinion, the first thing you need to know about birds is that Birds Are Individuals Thats why I begin this book with the Ladies, my flock of emotional, intelligent, and highly individualistic hens, who come when called, love to visit the neighbors, and befriend and feud with fellow chickens Although a flock of hens is all about community, each chicken is quite distinctive, and the personality of each individual is extremely important to the flock dynamic People who dont know chickens are always astonished to learn this, but when you are in the company of birds, you must be prepared to be surprised A second fundamental truth of birds is that Birds Are Dinosaurs That may be difficult to see when youre watching a fluffy chickadee at the feeder, but it is abundantly clear when you are crashing through the rain forest of Queensland, Australia, pursuing a 150 pound cassowary, a bird as tall as a man, crowned with a helmet of bone on its head and a killer claw on each foot Following these birds tyrannosaur like footprints, I traveled back in time, to an era of wondrous transformation The dinosaurian lineage that became the birds left the earth for the skies And in doing this, they utterly reshaped their bodies inside and out We mammals are made mainly of heavy fluids, but as I point out in another chapter, Birds Are Made of Air Their bones are hollow their feathers weigh than the skeleton Their bodies are full of air sacs their feathers, also hollow shafted, are sculpted to capture and move air Birds are essentially feather fringed bubblesa fact frustratingly poignant to bird rehabilitators, whose Herculean task it is to nurse back to health, or raise to adulthood, beings whose essential fragility gives them the power to conquer the sky It was my great luck to apprentice myself to a woman whose job was yet difficult than that of most bird rehabilitators Brenda Sherburns specialty is raising orphaned baby hummingbirds, who hatch from eggs the size of navy beans and are born the size of bumblebees They are air wrapped in lightthe lightest birds in the sky What else must we know before we begin to understand what makes a bird a bird Birds wildness, for one Even a pet parakeet, even a barnyard chicken is wild in a way that most mammals are not To explore this, I embarked on a study of falconry, for the hawks and falcons exhibit a genius for instinct that showcases the brilliance of all birds wildness Birds are able to apprehend the world in ways that we cannot They can see polarized and ultraviolet light They experience colors we can never know They sense the earths magnetic field, navigate using subtle changes in odor and barometric pressure They imbibe realities of this world that we cannot fathom and use them to circumnavigate the globe We are only now starting to understand how birds accomplish these extraordinary feats, by way of one of our most ordinary and unappreciated birds, the pigeonthe hero of yet another chapter Though gifted with instincts and senses that we lack, birds intellectual capacities are shockingly similar to our own Some birds appreciate human art to the extent that they can learn to tell the difference between the paintings of Monet and those of Manet Some birds love to danceand in the course of researching this book, I got to dance with one of them Birds capacity for song is of course so legendary that many cultures tell us the birds taught music to humans There are birds who can even speak to us meaningfully in our own languagesomething that, many scientists believe, even our close hominid cousins, the Neanderthals, probably could not do But Birds Can Talk In these pages, I relate some of what they tell us And finally, to apprehend the truth of birds, we need to appreciate birds ubiquity Birds Are Everywhere The final chapter takes us to a winter crow roost of tens of thousands of birds, a congregation that had been traditionally based in the countryside but, like the majority of the worlds population of humans, has moved into the city How do the citys people react to their new urban neighbors And what does this say about the future of humans and birds living together on this sweet, green earth Just as I was beginning to research this book, my friend Gretchen Vogel called me with an unusual suggestion that we should go to church together I was raised Methodist, she was raised Catholic, but the church she had in mind was the First Universalist Church in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire, about an hours drive from my house and twenty minutes from hers She had read a notice in our local paper about that weeks sermon The title was Birdology How could I resist The small church, built in 1830, had no cross in the front, and the ceiling inside was painted a light blue, like the sky Gretchen and I joined six other people in the congregation that Sunday Presiding was a visiting pastor, Rev Elaine Bomford A smiling, articulate woman in her fifties, the pastor greeted us with the confession that birdology was a word she had made up She invented birdologist to describe the person whounlike the ornithologist, with his fancy university degreehasnt completed a formal course of avian study To be a birdologist, she said, you just have to appreciate birds and be intentional about appreciating birds in some way We could all be birdologists, she saidand we should be For watching birds, she told us, strengthens our souls A birdologist, she explained, experiences the divinity of creation revealed in the birds That pretty much describes what I have always felt when I see a birdany bird The ancients believed that birds could bring us messages from the gods whether a battle would be won or lost, or if plenty or famine would befall the city Birds do bring us messages from the divine, but not necessarily those the ancients sought Because of birds very different lineage because they are made of different stuff than we because of the powers that birds possess that we do not and because, despite our deep differences, we can share much of a birds mental and emotional experience, birds bring us news far important than our own personal, human lives They bring us news about the larger and wondrous life, about a world that we, with our merely human senses, have barely begun to perceive Birds teach us reverencea virtue that, writes classicist and philosopher Paul Woodruff, begins in a deep understanding of human limitations No beings show us our limitations better than do the birds When we see a bird in flight or let our hearts soar on the notes of its song, the mystery of the world wells up before usa mystery we long to embrace rather than conquer That day in the church, Rev Bomford asked us to speak words with her from Terry Tempest Williamss book Refuge I pray to the birds, we read, because I believe they will carry the messages of my heart upward Oh, yes, I thought It was then the time of the fall migration, and with every overhead V I utter a prayer for the birds safe passage I pray to the birds, we continued, because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear I thought back to my time with the emus At first sight, I had fallen wildly, passionately, soul splittingly in love I had been working alone, collecting plant samples on a wombat preserve in the outback, when I looked up and saw them three birds standing tall as a man, approaching me on their long, balletic, backward bending legslegs so strong they were capable of ending my life with a single kick Instantly, I was smitten by both their strangeness and familiarity There was no room for fear My heart was filled with awe Reading Terry Tempest Williamss words, I gave thanks for all the many birds I have loved in my life my parakeet Jerry a cockatiel named Kokopelli who liked to sit on my head and whistle the National Geographic theme song when I was on the phone my beloved Ladies I did not know then, of course, that this book would bring me many individual birds to love the dancing cockatoo Snowball Harriss hawks named Jazz and Fire and Smoke a talking African grey parrot named Griffin two orphaned baby hummingbirds who, God willing, could be raising babies of their own somewhere in California as I write these words right now And at the end of my prayers, the few of us gathered in the church that morning read, birds teach me how to listen This was my prayer as I began working on this book Its my hope that the birds you will meet in these pages will teach you, too Sy MontgomeryMay 19, 2009Hancock, N.H 2010 Sy MontgomeryAn original, even brilliant, account of seven species of birdstheir fundamental strangeness and their strange familiarity.I have learned something from every chapter Living Bird E vocative, enlightening, and uplifting Booklist Home Sy Montgomery Montgomery is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well adults She of than books, including The Soul an Octopus A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder Consciousness, which was finalist National Book Award Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller Inky s Amazing Escape by documentary scriptwriter, twenty 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  • Format Kindle
  • 272 pages
  • 1416569855
  • Sy Montgomery
  • Anglais
  • 11 September 2017