The Great Auk by Allan W. Eckert (later editions are titled as "The Last Great Auk", but it's the same book), this is the most impressive of all the anthropomorphic books I've read. I love Watership Down too, but I think The Great Auk accomplishes something even more impressive with its storyline, based on the true events of the extinction of great auks. And I felt like I was right there with the auks, yet the author never gives them names, language or human motivations. "Incident at Hawk's Hill" and "The Dreaming Tree" are two other good nature-related books by this author.
Also, Firebringer, The Sight, and Fell by David Clement-Davies (Firebringer is a stand-alone novel and my favorite of his, Fell is a sequel to The Sight).
Bambi by Felix Salten (the novel that the famous Disney movie was based on. It's very, very good, and much darker than Disney).
The Guardians of Ga'hoole series
Charlie's Raven and The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead-George
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell (part fantasy, part nature/animal book, and absolutely gorgeous writing).
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