Book Review # 53 – Birds In Winter

Birds In Winter

Surviving the Most Challenging Season


Roger F. Pasquier

Illustrated by Margaret La Farge


Princeton University Press


Book Review # 53

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This book being reviewed is quite interesting because it explains  what happens to birds when winter comes. For most people that observe birds, are used to see them mostly in spring, summer and autumn, and then stop thinking of them during winter. Regardless if they migrate or they stay in the local area.

The  fact that we don’t see the majority of birds in winter it doesn’t mean  it should not matter to birds, on the contrary, it is the big challenge for them to maintain their health and survive the harsh temperatures and lack of forage, insects, fruits, etc.

This book will detail the most important points in a comprehensive manner. Great points such as:

  • Preparing for winter.
  • Winter ranges and habitat selection in migratory birds.
  • Survival.
  • Anticipating  spring.
  • Departure.
  • Conservation.
  • Climate change.

This book is 304 pages 85 b&w illustrations – 4 maps.

Reviewed by: 

H.J. Ruiz – – August 21st, 2019

Photo Capture # 128 – Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron –

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What’s Up? – Heat and More Heat

Heat and More Heat

I don’t know about the weather where you live, but our weather was hot over 90ºF everyday, for the past week, and one single day we had heavy rain for a few hours when ended and the heat was up again and charged with humidity, making it very uncomfortable.

Last week I said I was going to trim some trees, I had not one opportunity because of the weather temperature.

Many of my birds are still molting and others are done with it. I’ve seen a Cooper’s Hawk chasing birds a bit too often for my taste. He always comes and tries catching birds, not very successfully I would say. Birds are very smart and fast and not so easy to catch. Hawks are better hunters of voles, snakes, or nestlings. Little birds spot the hawk and immediately fly to thickets and hope that the hawk will break his wing there. Of course, the hawk knows that strategy and simply ends the chase and go after something else.

Photo Gallery

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Photo Capture # 127 – Mallards


There’s always ONE, that didn’t get the memo.”


There’s always ONE that didn’t get the memo.”

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101
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