Birds

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

By Dhan Gopal Mukerji

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Beautiful Gay-Neck was raised in India and would be used to carry messages by a Bengal Regiment in France during World War I. This story of an animal's courage also reveals what life was like for a boy growing up in India during the period.

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The House of Wings

By Betsy Byars

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This chapter book tells the story of a ten-year-old boy named Sammy whose parents leave him with his grandfather in West Virginia so they can try to make a fresh start in Indiana. The grandfather is gruff and only seems to care for the wild birds who pass through the mountains. Sammy wants to run away, but a hurt crane needing his attention convinces him to stay and learn more about birds and his quiet grandfather.
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My Spring Robin

By Anne Rockwell, Harlow Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell (illustrators)

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Before finding the robin she is searching for, a child discovers other interesting fauna and flora in her backyard.

Suggested for ages 3 - 7

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Beginning in Bird Watching

If you enjoy any outdoor activity—hiking, boating, or just strolling downtown—why not add bird watching to your itinerary? Our area has an abundance of birds. The Rappahannock draws migrating waterfowl, and our woods, tree-lined streets, and backyards provide more safe havens for these amazing creatures. Read on to get started.