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Red-winged Blackbirds

Red-winged Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 9780226041865
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Author: Les D. Beletsky,Gordon H. Orians,University Gordon H Orians
Number of Pages: 294 
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Drawing on detailed data from their sixteen-year study of red-winged blackbirds in the marshes of Washington's Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Beletsky and Orians analyze the information redwings use to make breeding-season decisions and the consequences these decisions have for lifetime reproductive success. Because male and female redwings make different, and often independent, decisions—males focus on territory acquisition and maintenance, while females must choose when and where to nest and how much energy to invest in reproduction—the authors have taken the novel approach of studying the sexes separately. Using analyses of observational data combined with field experiments and game-theoretical models, the authors provide new insights into the complex patterns of reproductive decision-making and breeding behavior in redwings. This book will be of interest to all who study social animals, including behavioral ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and ornithologists.


Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1910798746
Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications Ltd.
Author: Simon Startin
Number of Pages: 80 
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Mayflower Street runs between Jamaica Road and the Thames in Bermondsey, South London. In 1939, 34 houses and 121 residents occupied the street. Between 1940 and 1941 bombs fell on 7 of these houses and at the end of war, the street – with its corner shop, was demolished. Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a cast of contemporary Londoners the project aims to share some of the experiences and events that made our city into the place we know today. Blackbirds is the play that emerged from the London Bubble Theatre's research and interviews of South Londoners who lived through the Blitz between 1940 and 1941.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Four and Twenty Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1618244213
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Number of Pages: 432 
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A MAGICAL MANIAC IS LOOSE IN ALANDA! A magical murderer is loose in Alanda. The victims are always women, always lower-class, and the weapon is always a three-sided stiletto, most often found among Church regalia. But the killers are never churchmen, and they always commit suicide immediately after the bloody deed. Tal Rufen is just a simple constable. But he really cares about his job, and when one of these murder/suicides happens on his beat he becomes obsessed. His superiors don't care¾the victims will never be missed, and their murderers are already justly dead. But every instinct Tal Rufen has cries out that he has seen only one small piece of a bigger and much nastier puzzle.... At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Some Adaptations of Marsh-nesting Blackbirds

Some Adaptations of Marsh-nesting Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 9780691082370
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Author: Gordon H. Orians
Number of Pages: 295 
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The variety of social systems among the New World blackbirds (Family Icteridae) and the structural simplicity of their foraging environment provide excellent opportunities for testing theorics about the adaptive significance of their behavior. Here Gordon Orians presents the results of his many years of research on how blackbirds utilize their marsh environments during the breeding season. These results stem from information he gathered on three species during ten breeding seasons in the Pacific Northwest, on Red-winged blackbirds during two breeding seasons in Costa Rica, and on three species during one breeding season in Argentina. The author uses models derived from Darwin's theory of natural selection to predict the behavior and morphology of individuals as well as the statistical properties of their populations. First he tests models that predict habitat selection, foraging behavior, territoriality, and mate selection. Then he considers some population patterns, especially range of use of environmental resources and overlap among species, that may result from those individual attributes. Professor Orianns concludes with an overview of the structure of bird communities in marshes of the world and the relation of these patterns to overall source availability in these simple but productive habitats.

Follow the Blackbirds

Follow the Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1628950404
Publisher: MSU Press
Author: Gwen Nell Westerman
Number of Pages: 80 
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In language as perceptive as it is poignant, poet Gwen Nell Westerman builds a world in words that reflects the past, present, and future of the Dakota people. An intricate balance between the singularity of personal experience and the unity of collective longing, Follow the Blackbirds speaks to the affection and appreciation a contemporary poet feels for her family, community, and environment. With touches of humor and the occasional sharp cultural criticism, the voice that emerges from these poems is that of a Dakota woman rooted in her world and her words. In this moving collection, Westerman reflects on history and family from a unique perspective, one that connects the painful past and the hard-fought future of her Dakota homeland. Grounded in vivid story and memory, Westerman draws on both English and the Dakota language to celebrate the long journey along sunflower-lined highways of the tallgrass prairies of the Great Plains that returns her to a place filled with “more than history.” An intense homage to the power of place, this book tells a masterful story of cultural survival and the power of language.

Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin

Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin ebook ISBN: 9780816516018
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Author: Alexander Frank Skutch
Number of Pages: 291 
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From blackbirds and orioles to meadowlarks, grackles, and cowbirds, the variety and variation shown by members of the family Icteridae is legend. The family exhibits great diversity in size and coloration, mating and nest building, and habits and habitats. This group of 94 New World species once known as the troupials is well represented in backyards across America; yet most icterids are tropical or semi-tropical species that remain largely unstudied. The least known of these species are perhaps best known to Alexander Skutch, who has studied birds in a Costa Rican tropical valley for more than half a century. In this fascinating book--the first devoted exclusively to the icterids--he combines his own observations with those of other naturalists to provide a comparative natural history and biology of this remarkable family of birds. Devoting a separate chapter to each major group or genus, he delineates the outstanding characteristics of each and includes observations of little-studied tropical species such as caciques and oropendolas. Orioles, Blackbirds, and Their Kin is an eminently readable natural history in the classic style. Enhanced by 31 scratchboard illustrations, this book will delight nature enthusiasts everywhere with its fascinating exposition of avian diversity. Because so much of the published information on the icterids is widely scattered, Skutch's painstaking compilation has created a valuable reference work that will provide students and researchers with a wealth of new insights into the tropical members of this New World family.

Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-Winged Blackbirds

Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-Winged Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1400863937
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Author: William A. Searcy,Ken Yasukawa
Number of Pages: 332 
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The purpose of this book is to explain why red-winged blackbirds are polygynous and to describe the effects of this mating system on other aspects of the biology of the species. Polygyny is a mating system in which individual males form long-term mating relationships with more than one female at a time. The authors show that females choose to mate polygynously because there is little cost to sharing male parental care in this species, and because females gain protection against nest predation by nesting near other females. Polygyny has the effect of intensifying sexual selection on males by increasing the variance in mating success among males. For females, polygyny means that they will often share a male's territory with other females during the breeding season and will thus be forced to adapt to frequent female-female interactions. This work reviews the results of many studies by other researchers, as well as presenting the authors' own results. Studies of red-winged blackbirds have ranged from long-term investigations of reproductive success and demography, to research on genetic parentage based on modern molecular methods, to a variety of experimental manipulations of ecological circumstances and behavior. Since the red-winged blackbird is one of the best studied species of any taxa in terms of its behavior and ecology, the authors have a particularly extensive body of results on which to base their conclusions. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America

Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America ebook ISBN: 135164355X
Publisher: CRC Press
Author: George M. Linz,Michael L. Avery,Richard A. Dolbeer
Number of Pages: 240 
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Shortlisted for the 2018 TWS Wildlife Publication Awards in the edited book category The various species of new world blackbirds, often intermingled in large foraging flocks and nighttime roosts, collectively number in the hundreds of millions and are a dominant component of the natural and agricultural avifauna in North America today. Because of their abundance, conspicuous flocking behavior, and feeding habits, these species have often been in conflict with human endeavors. The pioneering publications on blackbirds were by F. E. L. Beal in 1900 and A. A. Allen in 1914. These seminal treatises laid the foundation for more than 1,000 descriptive and experimental studies on the life histories of blackbirds as well as their ecology and management in relation to agricultural damage and other conflicts such as caused by large winter roosting congregations. The wealth of information generated in over a century of research is found in disparate outlets that include government reports, conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, monographs, and books. For the first time, Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America summarizes and synthesizes this vast body of information on the biology and life histories of blackbirds and their conflicts with humans into a single volume for researchers, wildlife managers, agriculturists, disease biologists, ornithologists, policy makers, and the public. The book reviews the life histories of red-winged blackbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds, common grackles, and brown-headed cowbirds. It provides in-depth coverage of the functional roles of blackbirds in natural and agricultural ecosystems. In doing so, this authoritative reference promotes the development of improved science-based, integrated management strategies to address conflicts when resolutions are needed.

A Gathering of Blackbirds

A Gathering of Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 0595393101
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: J. Wellander
Number of Pages: 144 
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In an age of technology, of reason and certainly intelligence, one would not expect someone's life to follow the path that it does, in which unexpectedly horrific acts are perpetrated by family and others.

Blackbirds and Butterflies

Blackbirds and Butterflies ebook ISBN: 059532407X
Publisher: iUniverse
Author: Bili Morrow Shelburne
Number of Pages: 240 
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In the summer of 1959, the tranquility of a small town in rural Georgia is shattered by the violent acts of a few, forcing young Jesse Wheeler to reach manhood in a hurry. A fast paced, bittersweet memoir that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

And the Blackbirds Sang

And the Blackbirds Sang ebook ISBN: 1479787426
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: Patricia J. Lengi
Number of Pages: 135 
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“Hey, David, wait up a sec.” Long golden-blonde hair hid Jillian’s face as she bent over to tie a shoe. “Okay, two more miles before we turn around.” She wiped the sweat off her forehead, took a deep breath, and they resumed the long, seemingly effortless strides of distance runners. The dirt road curved up a hill, and Jillian looked forward to the view from the top. Dust spurted from their footsteps, and their breathing became harder as the road became steeper, but Jillian didn’t notice because she was thinking back to the day, three years ago, when she had first discovered the other side of the hill. Leaving the Bennington City limits behind, Jillian had pedaled her bike as far as she could up the country road, then pushed it slowly, slowly up the steep incline, stopping twice to rest while wondering what lay ahead. Finally, the view from the top had enchanted her. Aspen leaves whirred in the warm breeze, and an old pine shaded her as she settled back against a nearby log. Wild roses and purple lupines filled the air with a sweet scent, and tiny white flowers carpeted the ground where she sat. The Blue Mountains, whose peaks she could glimpse from her bedroom window, were a backdrop for a white cottage nestling near the banks of a stream far below. “Jill, are you in there?” David grinned at her startled expression. “I thought you must be at least on Mars.” “Oh, I’m sorry, David. I guess maybe I was lost in space. Actually, I was thinking about our run. I love going up this road and down the valley.” “Same here, but I’d rather think about winning at the state meet. Seriously, Jill, you have a great chance. I just hope to be in the top ten.” Jillian wrinkled her nose but said nothing as they breasted the hill, and she drank in the familiar scene as they descended the gravelly road and picked up the pace. The stream tumbled and gurgled and muffled their footsteps as they neared the cottage. Mrs. Sheldon, watering chrysanthemums in window boxes, waved hesitantly across to them as they ran by. A blackbird sang among the reeds along the creek, and Jillian sighed. “Do you know you always do that?” David asked. “Do what?”

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Four and Twenty Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 0857687875
Publisher: Titan Books
Author: Cherie Priest
Number of Pages: 320 
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Eden Moore was orphaned at birth and brought up by her mother's beautiful sister Lulu. Even as a child Eden was never alone, three ghostly sisters watched from the shadows, longing to tell her their story. Always kept in the dark about her past, as an adult Eden goes looking for answers, to what really happened to her mother, and to the terrifying secret that lurks at the heart of her family history. Soon she is in a desperate race to uncover the truth before a new and deadly enemy destroys what is left of her family..

The Foolish Blackbirds

The Foolish Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 9674311017
Publisher: Pelangi ePublishing Sdn Bhd
Author: N.A
Number of Pages: 16 
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This book is suitable for children age 4 and above. “The Foolish Blackbirds” is a story about two blackbirds that find a piece of cake. The two birds refuse to share the cake and start quarrelling. When a tricky monkey passes by, it pretends to help the two blackbirds. But at last, the monkey finishes the cake.

Blackbirds First Flight

Blackbirds First Flight ebook ISBN: 1312417285
Author: Stephen B. Bagley,Kent Bass,Wendy Blanton,Gail Henderson,Tamara Siler Jones,Jean Schara
Number of Pages: 108 
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An unhappy wife can't decide what to do about her boorish husband until an uneaten meal gives her a dark idea... Something is raising zombies in Tulsa, and Justina Grave is the only one who can stop it... When a fat farm promises to make Edyth thin again, her dream comes true. She will never be fat again-or safe... Hopping a freight train can be a cheap way to travel. Unless you pick the wrong boxcar... One kiss gives Francois immortality, but at a cost he doesn't see coming... A woman warrior must choose her fate as the Romans ravage her land... Stalked by terrible creatures seeking vengeance, a band of robbers runs for their lives in medieval France... This anthology will lead you into dark, twisted places filled with mystery and delight. Enjoy thrilling stories and chilling poems by authors Stephen B. Bagley, Kent Bass, Wendy Blanton, Gail Henderson, Tamara Siler Jones, and Jean Schara.

Two Little Blackbirds

Two Little Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1632900629
Publisher: Capstone
Author: N.A
Number of Pages: 24 
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Retelling of traditional song, with additional verses showing opposites.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds ebook ISBN: 1613124597
Publisher: Abrams
Author: Cat Winters
Number of Pages: 400 
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In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. At her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?Featuring haunting archival early-20th-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book ebook ISBN: 1455575984
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: Emily Elsen,Melissa Elsen
Number of Pages: 224 
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From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers. Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that's anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey. There is also a detailed and informative techniques section. Lavishly designed, Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book contains 90 full-color photographs by Gentl & Hyers, two of the most sought-after food photographers working today. With its new and creative recipes, this may not be you mother's cookbook, but it's sure to be one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.

Blackbirds & Bourbon

Blackbirds & Bourbon ebook ISBN: 9781719052382
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Heather R. Blair
Number of Pages: 192 
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For a charm of powerful trouble... Persephone Gosse just can't catch a break. Life isn't supposed to be this hard, even for a witch. Facing a trial for a crime she didn't commit, tangling with bounty hunters looking to take her head, and trying to ignore the growing disdain of the magical world, Seph is barely holding it together. Her confusion about Jack Frost isn't helping. Is her ex trying to save her, or easing her way into an early grave? With Yule approaching and judgement looming, Seph has to decide who to trust...and who to kill.