Backyard bird-watchers can rejoice that Rick Adamson was tapped to perform this collection of observations about the tree swallow, a species that nests in the New England woods. Adamson, no stranger to narrating author Bernd Heinrich's work, takes listeners along on his quest to discover the swallows' mating, nest-building, and parenting behavior, with a particular focus on the birds' preference for lining their nests with white feathers. Adamson's excellent pacing and engaged delivery nicely balance the scientific time and date stamps with the author's joy at hearing the male's mating song and at seeing the season's chicks take their first tentative flight. Listeners will be inspired to pay closer attention to the birds common to their own locales. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2020]
Trade Ed. HMH Books 2020
DD ISBN 9780358306887 $27.00
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