Small Press Bookwatch reviewed Bird Calls in March, 2013, and writes of Maria Mello’s debut collection:
Naturally graceful, birds fill the imaginations of many. “Bird Calls” is a collection of poetry from Maria Mello who offers insight on these creatures and how to better appreciate them through her poetry. A fine pick for bird lovers, “Bird Calls” is a fine pick, not to be missed. “Water”: A circle of silver catches my eyes/in the nighttime garden./It is only the moon caught/in the fresh-filled bird bath.