By Nancy Overcott, Dana Gardner
No fowl is usual, if we use “common” to intend usual. yet birds which are noticeable almost always than others can appear much less noteworthy than species which are hardly glimpsed. during this accumulating of essays and illustrations celebrating fifty of the most typical birds of the higher Midwest, illustrator Dana Gardner and author Nancy Overcott inspire us to take a more in-depth examine those typical birds with renewed appreciation for his or her not-so-ordinary good looks and lifeways. starting with the garishly coloured male and the extra lightly coloured woman wooden duck, whose tree hollow space nest serves as a launching pad for ducklings in the summertime months, and finishing on a vivid yellow observe with the yank goldfinch, whose joyful presence enlivens the midwestern panorama throughout the year, Overcott combines box observations drawn from her twenty-plus years of dwelling and birding in Minnesota's immense Woods with anecdotes and knowledge from different ornithologists to painting every one species' existence cycle, its vocalizations and visual appeal, and its habitat, nutrients, and foraging equipment in addition to migration styles and distribution. Infused with a commitment to preserving traditional assets, her succinct but personable prose varieties a terrific supplement to Gardner's watercolors as this well known illustrator of avian lifestyles world wide revisits the birds of his formative years. jointly paintings and textual content make sure that the wild turkey, nice blue heron, sharp-shinned hawk, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, residence wren, ovenbird, box sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged blackbird, and 40 different species of the higher Midwest are by no means visible as universal back.