Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard

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The best ways to attract melodic birds, with insight into their rapidly changing habits The American robin and northern cardinal are two of the best-loved songbirds, but newer backyard arrivals, like rose-breasted grosbeaks and scarlet tanagers, quickly captivate with their vivid colors and unique songs. Bird lovers will learn to attract new visitors by offering treats that songbirds like best, such as soft, easy-to-peck foods that closely mimic caterpillars, their top food preference. And planting just a few ...

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Overview

The best ways to attract melodic birds, with insight into their rapidly changing habits The American robin and northern cardinal are two of the best-loved songbirds, but newer backyard arrivals, like rose-breasted grosbeaks and scarlet tanagers, quickly captivate with their vivid colors and unique songs. Bird lovers will learn to attract new visitors by offering treats that songbirds like best, such as soft, easy-to-peck foods that closely mimic caterpillars, their top food preference. And planting just a few carefree perennials and shrubs can provide opportunities for cover and nesting.

Sally Roth's Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard draws on the latest science and 50 years of observation to reveal these fascinating details:

• In the wee hours, it’s the robins that sing first, followed by the babble of house wrens and the whistle of cardinals

• Some birds learn birdsongs throughout their lives, while others stop learning once they can mimic their parents’ song

• It’s Dad, not Mom, who teaches the young birds to sing

Simple tips, ideas, and recipes, as well as an understanding of why songbirds are coming from the treetops into the backyard, will help any bird enthusiast create a songbird sanctuary.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609617547
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 944,293
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SALLY ROT H is a lifelong gardener, naturalist, sought-after public speaker, and author of many books on gardening and birding. She lives in New Harmony, IN, and Fort Collins, CO.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Part I The Joy of Songbirds

Chapter 1 Meet the Singers 3

Chapter 2 Here Comes the Sun 27

Chapter 3 A Room with a View 47

Chapter 4 Joy in the Morning 67

Chapter 5 Grandmasters of Song 87

Chapter 6 Lullaby and Good Night 107

Part II Eat, Drink, and Be Meat

Chapter 7 Singing for Their Supper (and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks) 119

Chapter 8 Be a Softie 135

Chapter 9 Fruits, Berries, and Sweets 157

Chapter 10 Getting Bugged 181

Chapter 11 Seeds and Nuts 193

Chapter 12 Treats from the Kitchen 213

Chapter 13 The Allure of Water 233

Chapter 14 Home Is Where the Heart Is 255

Chapter 15 Building Boom 277

Chapter 16 Plain Talk about Pests 305

For Further Reading 323

Resources 325

Photo Credits 332

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