1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond

1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond

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by Sharon Stiteler
     
 

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A delightful and irreverent guide for bird watching, this guide is chock-full of color photographs, tips, and fun facts.

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A delightful and irreverent guide for bird watching, this guide is chock-full of color photographs, tips, and fun facts.

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Publishers Weekly
Does anyone know a single bird lover who is not a happy person -- or, if not happy, at least willing to suspend unhappiness long enough to look out the window and watch the birds. That person will be happily captivated by Stiteler's delightful exploration of the habits of birds and spot-on ideas for maximizing backyard experience with them. Replete with color photos, sidebars, and bullet points, this handy guide enlightens the reader on everything from nesting habits through bird "fidelity" to beaks: "Watch the birds at your feeder and their beaks will tell you a lot about what they eat," Stiteler writes. Speaking of feeders, the author lards her advice with ample doses of humor ("Ten Signs You Need to Cut Back (on feeding): #9. Migratory routes have shifted to pass over your yard.") If you're already avian-adept, this book will prove a lively romp; if you, like many others, are still figuring it out, the book will help raise your game and increase your happiness quotient. (May)
From the Publisher

Richard Crossley
“Birds, Booze or Blogs, Sharon is definitely the Queen ‘B.’”

Jeffrey A. Gordon, President American Birding Association
“The world of birds and birders is fun, fascinating, and at times more than a little bit funky. Sharon Stiteler makes an ideal tour guide through this strange and fascinating territory, sharing facts, opinions, stories, and yes, secrets, in an entertaining, personal, and personable way.”

Publishers Weekly

“[A] delightful exploration of the habits of birds and spot-on ideas for maximizing backyard experience with them. Replete with color photos, sidebars, and bullet points, this handy guide enlightens the reader on everything from nesting habits through bird "fidelity" to beaks…If you're already avian-adept, this book will prove a lively romp; if you, like many others, are still figuring it out, the book will help raise your game and increase your happiness quotient.”

Library Journal

“Stiteler infuses her subject with an enthusiasm that is truly infectious. For readers new to birding, this is the book; its “ew!” factor might even pull in some young adults. No doubt many of the experts Birdchick has entertained at events around the continent will also want to experience her wit in print form.”

BirdWatching, “Books for Birdwatchers”

“If you’ve ever read Sharon Stiteler’s blog, you know that she’s smart as a whip, loves birds, and likes to laugh—all qualities that shine in her new book of tips and trivia.”

10000birds.com

“A fun way to teach people about birds and bird feeding, very much as Sharon does here and on her blog, but on paper, with a table of contents, a glossary, features like “Bird Busting!” and a lovely, colorful design.”

Birds & Blooms, “Books We Love”

“The can’t miss bird book this spring.”

Library Journal

“Stiteler infuses her subject with an enthusiasm that is truly infectious. For readers new to birding, this is the book; its “ew!” factor might even pull in some young adults. No doubt many of the experts Birdchick has entertained at events around the continent will also want to experience her wit in print form.”

Library Journal
Not that anybody's counting, but there are fewer than 1001 secrets here: probably closer to 599. No matter. Stiteler (City Birds/Country Birds)—also known by her blogging handle as "Birdchick"—has created a distinct, often amusing compendium. Her purpose is to spark general birding-inclined readers' interest; her method involves getting beyond mere identification by encouraging a deeper understanding of avian biology and behavior. The text flits from topic to topic easily and includes feeding, nesting, adaptations, migration, and mating. The tools of the birder's trade are also discussed, and many vacation ideas (bird-related) are provided. "Fun facts" and photos are spread throughout, and every opportunity to embrace the icky is joyfully taken. Beneath the frivolity, though, is an author keen to advance birding in whatever way pleases, as long as no harm is done to the birds. VERDICT Stiteler infuses her subject with an enthusiasm that is truly infectious. For readers new to birding, this is the book; its "ew!" factor might even pull in some young adults. No doubt many of the experts Birdchick has entertained at events around the continent will also want to experience her wit in print form.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762447343
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
539,735
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
Richard Crossley
“Birds, Booze or Blogs, Sharon is definitely the Queen ‘B.’”

Jeffrey A. Gordon, President American Birding Association
“The world of birds and birders is fun, fascinating, and at times more than a little bit funky. Sharon Stiteler makes an ideal tour guide through this strange and fascinating territory, sharing facts, opinions, stories, and yes, secrets, in an entertaining, personal, and personable way.”

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