Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches: And Other Answers to Bird Questions You Know You Want to Ask

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches: And Other Answers to Bird Questions You Know You Want to Ask


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In 1983, Mike O'Connor opened the Bird Watcher's General Store on Cape Cod, which might well have been the first store devoted solely to birding in the United States. Since that time he has answered thousands of questions about birds, both at his store and while walking down the aisles of the supermarket. The questions have ranged from inquiries about individual species ("Are flamingos really real?") to what and when to feed birds ("Should I bring in my feeders for the summer?") to the down-and-dirty specifics of backyard birding ("Why are the birds dropping poop in my pool?"). Answering the questions has been easy; keeping a straight face has been hard.

Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches? is the solution for the beginning birder who already has a book that explains the slight variation between Common Ground-Doves and Ruddy Ground-Doves but who is really much more interested in why birds sing at 4:30 A.M. instead of 7:00 A.M., or whether it's okay to feed bread to birds, or how birds rediscover your feeders so quickly when you've just filled them after a long vacation. Or, for that matter, whether flamingos are really real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807085745
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/30/2007
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 282,188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Mike O’Connor is the owner of Bird Watcher’s General Store on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His column, "Ask the Bird Folks," appears in the Cape Codder newspaper and his writing has been included in Good Birders Don’t Wear White and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. The author of Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches? and Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?, he lives in Orleans, Massachusetts, where, try as he may, he cannot entice even a single bluebird to come to his yard.

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Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches: And Other Answers to Bird Questions You Know You Want to Ask 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific read wether you care a whit about birds or not. There is a laugh, or a chuckle in each paragraph. If you like birds a little, you'll love this book. If you are an experienced birder, you'll love this book. Mike is a one of a kind person. If you are ever on Cape Cod, make it a point to stop in at his store in Orleans, just to say hello, and see how he responds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is informative yet humorous as is the author. Everytime I visit Cape Cod I go to the Birdwatcher's General Store. Mike is nuts!! I love listening to him with the customers. He writes just like he talks. I will be looking forward to a sequel by this author. Kudos!!
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