Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches?


This book makes the top ten gift selection year after year. Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches? is sure to bring a chuckle to any bird lover.


Author: Mike O'Connor
ISBN: 9780807085745
Publisher: Beacon Press
Year of Publication: 2007
224 pages

Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Headaches? (And other questions you know you want to ask), is a hilarious compilation of newspaper column questions and answers from Cape Cod birder Mike O’Connor. A perennial Audubon Shop top seller. An easy and fun distraction and read, but it is full of wisdom, too. Second in this series is “Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me?”

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.

  • Are flamingos really real?
  • Should I bring in my feeders for the summer?”
  • 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.

*Review:  “Mike O’Connor knows birds—I mean, REALLY knows them. He can deliver the straight scoop with a hilarious twist that makes it unforgettable. Reading this book is almost as much fun as bird watching, and that’s saying a lot!”—Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × .5 × 8.5 in