Thank you all for the response. Betty, I will try to get a look at that
book you mentioned. It sounds really interesting.
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From: "Betty Gilbert" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 5:55 PM
> Hi, Nickki,
> I always figure someone who knows more than I do will answer (or has
> answered). I don't know from personal experience, but there's a really
> book you might want to consider getting (about $20.). "The Birder's
> Handbook" by Paul Ehrlich, David Dobkin and Darryl Wheye. 1988. Simon
> Schuster (Fireside).
> Looking up barn swallows in this book I read; "Breeders tend to return
> same colony, same cluster of nests within colony, occ[asionally] same nest
> and same mate."
> There's a lot more interesting stuff in the book. In fact, it really is
> books bound as one. The left hand pages are very brief resumes of almost
> everything you'd be interested in knowing about all North American birds,
> two species to a page. (Nest location, who builds it, how many eggs, how
> long incubated, how long in the nest after hatching, typical food... The
> headings are Breeding, Display, Nest, Eggs, Diet, COnservation, Notes,
> Essays, Refs. ) The right hand pages are essays on various topics, like
> communal breeding, helpers at the nest, hatching asynchrony, bird names,
> raptor hunting....
> Do have a look at the book...it should be in any good bookstore.
> If you want more that this sort of brief info, there is a "Birds of North
> America" now published in several volumes made up of 10-20 page essays on
> each species. This is the sort of book you consult in a college library.
> Only contributors to the species reports are likely to have a copy of
> It's very expensive.
> Cheers, B-