The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens

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Discover how to create a backyard bird sanctuary with the expert guidance of the National Audubon Society. Your backyard will come alive by applying these feeding and gardening techniques. Includes a photographic guide to the birds of North America, as well as the trees and plants that attract them. The ultimate resource for anyone interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat.

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Overview

Discover how to create a backyard bird sanctuary with the expert guidance of the National Audubon Society. Your backyard will come alive by applying these feeding and gardening techniques. Includes a photographic guide to the birds of North America, as well as the trees and plants that attract them. The ultimate resource for anyone interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat.

This comprehensive guide to attracting birds to your backyard through gardening and feeding techniques includes a photographic directory of North American birds and the flora attractive to them; step-by-step photo-instructions for birdhouse and nests; a directory of trees and plants by region; explanations of the birds' intriguing antics; more. More than 1,000 color photos.

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Illustrated with plentiful, detailed color photographs, this handbook provides guidance on attracting birds to birdfeeders, including species profiles, a behavior guide, and bird survival. It also addresses landscaping for birds, including planting advice, supplemental feeding, water in the garden, and a regional guide to plants and birds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571451866
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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Robert Burton studied as a zoologist and is a well-established author in the field of “domestic” natural history. Among the many books he has written are Bird Behavior, Nature's Night Life, Ponds and Nature by the Roadside. As well as writing pieces for the RSPB magazine, Birds, Robert Burton has contributed a wildlife column to Popular Gardening and fascinating articles to other magazines including the Royal Horticultural Society's The Garden. He took over the popular Nature Note column in the Daily Telegraph his father's from his father Dr Maurice Burton. Coming from a wildlife-orientated family, Robert Burton has grown up with the concept of the garden as a sanctuary for birds and other animals. After traveling widely for his past studies, working at home has given him plenty of opportunities to observe the visitors to his garden.

Stephen Kress, Ph.D. is active in ornithology, wildlife preservation, and environmental education. He serves in a variety of positions at the National Audubon Society, including biologist, manager of the Society’s Maine Coast Sanctuaries, and director of its Seabird Restoration Program. Kress is also a research fellow at Cornell University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine. Author of The Audubon Society Birder’s Handbook and The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds, Kress has also written many scientific papers on the restoration of seabirds such as puffins and terns.

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Table of Contents

Birdfeeder Handbook
Foreword 6
Chapter 1 Birds in the Yard 8
Watching garden birds
Birds and yards
Who's in the yard?
Birds in cities
Chapter 2 Attracting Birds 24
What birds need
Gardening for birds
Feeders
Feeder fare
Birdbaths and ponds
Nestboxes
Chapter 3 Bird Profiles 60
What bird is that?
The profiles
Chapter 4 Behavior Guide 144
The lives of birds
Feeding
Flight patterns
Perching and walking
Care and maintenance
Roosting and sleeping
Flocks
Space and territory
Displays and flights
Songs and calls
Pair formation
Nest building
Eggs and incubation
Chick-rearing
Movements
Curious behaviour
Chapter 5 Bird Survival 204
Survival and mortality
Rescue
The Bird Garden
Foreword 214
Introduction 216
Chapter 1 Landscaping for Birds 220
Chapter 2 Planting Advice 240
Chapter 3 Supplemental Feeding: When and what to feed birds 250
Chapter 4 Water in the Garden 256
Chapter 5 Regional Guide to Plants and Birds 266
Appendices 360
Plant sources
National Audubon Society
Glossary
Bird classification
Bird families and orders
Further reading
Useful addresses
Index 370
Acknowledgements 382
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    Posted March 26, 2000

    Excellent and Informative

    My husband and I have stayed up two nights straight reading and gathering information from this book. It was wonderful. As soon as possible we left for the local flower/gardening nursery for new plants and flowers.

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