Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips: Hundreds of Easy Ways to Attract the Birds You Love to Watch

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Grab a front row seat for the sights and sounds of feeding, nesting, and bathing birds right in your backyard using tips shared by hundreds of backyard bird-watchers.

Whether you want to get to know more about the pair of cardinals who visit your feeder each evening or attract tiny hummingbirds, you'll learn which foods they prefer, where and how they raise their young, what you can do to make them feel at home, and other bird-pleasing basics.

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Overview

Grab a front row seat for the sights and sounds of feeding, nesting, and bathing birds right in your backyard using tips shared by hundreds of backyard bird-watchers.

Whether you want to get to know more about the pair of cardinals who visit your feeder each evening or attract tiny hummingbirds, you'll learn which foods they prefer, where and how they raise their young, what you can do to make them feel at home, and other bird-pleasing basics.

Do you know: Birds love fruit! Offer a piece of melon or an overripe peach, and watch which birds (and butterflies) come winging in, Which type of feeder to buy if you're putting up just one? Start with a tube feeder!, Mud puddles draw in big crowds of birds. Birds need minerals in their diet and get them by eating mud, If you see a wasp nest in a tree, you might spot a bird's nest nearby. Stinging insects may help defend a nest from predators.

With these secrets shared by gardeners, birders, experts, and naturalists, you will find ideas that offer an almost-immediate increase in bird visitors. Discover special tricks to bring in colorful songbirds or temporary visitors stopping in during their seasonal migration. Get to know your feeder visitors better and make your favorites feel more at home with hundreds of easy and ingenious ways to feed, nurture, and protect backyard birds. They'll reward your efforts with their bright colors, amusing antics, and cheery songs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594868306
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 356

Meet the Author

Deborah L. Martin is a freelance editor and writer who has made appearances as a gardening expert on HGTV and elsewhere. Previously she spent more than a decade at Rodale as a garden book editor and was the project editor for The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible and Stokes' Backyard Bird Book. An avid amateur birdwatcher, she lives near Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     viii
How to Use This Book     ix
Invite Birds into Your Life!     x
Bird-Attracting Basics     1
Seeds and Feeders     25
Including featured birds
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis)
Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Plants and Landscape Features for Birds     87
Including featured birds
Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)
Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Sharing Your Garden with Bug-Eating Birds     121
Including featured birds
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Woodpeckers (Picoides spp. and Melanerpes spp.)
Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Flycatchers (Empidonax spp.)
Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
Making A Birdhouse a Home     149
Including featured birds
House wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Purple martin (Progne subis)
Eastern screech owl (Megascopsasio)
Wood duck (Aix sponsa)
Water Features for Birds     177
Including featured birds
Belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Redwinged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Hosting Hummingbirds     207
Including featured birds
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Hawks, Owls, and Other Big Birds     243
Including featured birds
Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
Greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Sharing Space with Birds     269
Including featured birds
American robin (Turdus migratorius)
Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)
Pigeon (Columba livia)
Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Understanding Bird Behaviors     293
Including featured birds
Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia)
Less-Wanted Guests: "Pest" Birds and Other Wildlife at Your Feeders     315
Including featured birds
European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
Resources for Backyard Birders     340
About the Writers     344
Index     345
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map     356
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