Birds are one of the numerous topics I know virtually nothing about. I do, however, know how several species taste as I grew up bird hunting in the prickly spaces of South Texas where dove and quail filled the sky and fields. But when I look around here in New Mexico, most of the time, I can’t identify what I’m seeing.
And the lifespan, the migration paths, and the internal design of these incredible creatures still allude me, for now. I don’t know if I will ever be classified as a “birder,” but I am leaning toward learning more by spending more time in the field. I’m also embarking on a reading binge that will hopefully shine a light in the darkness of my knowledge base.
Scott Weidensaul, and his A World on The Wing, is a goldmine of information about all things bird. In fact, he just might be considered a “bird nerd” and I mean that in the nicest way. The author has extensive knowledge and extensive time in the field. Magnetic inclination, migratory paths, and dangers that await migrating birds are just a few of the topics Weidensaul investigates at a granular level.