Birds in the Yard Month by Month: What's There and Why, and How to Attract Those That Aren't

Birds in the Yard Month by Month: What's There and Why, and How to Attract Those That Aren't

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by Sharon Sorenson

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Get to know all the birds that will flock to your yard throughout the year, and how to attract those that need a little extra persuasion to visit.


Get to know all the birds that will flock to your yard throughout the year, and how to attract those that need a little extra persuasion to visit.

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"Sharon Sorenson…teaches how to provide water, plants, and shelter, offers tidbits about bird biology and behavior, and argues for keeping yards wild, not neat."

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Sharon Sorenson writes the biweekly "For the Birds" column for the Evansville (IN) Sunday Courier and regularly presents birding workshops for the Nature Conservancy and Indiana Audubon Society. She is the author of a number of student reference books, including How to Write Research Papers, How to Write Short Stories, and Webster's New World Student Writing Handbook. She lives in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

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Birds in the Yard Month by Month: What's There and Why, and How to Attract Those That Aren't 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid birdwatcher, past president of the Indiana Audubon Society, and wildlife property manager, I've read books and magazines about how to identify birds and diversify habitat.  I have now come across a unifying book that speaks to both - enjoying birds and increasing backyard bird habitat. Sharon Sorenson has accomplished a significant task! The author speaks to diverse groups of people (novice to expert) who enjoy our feathered friends. I plan on marking my calendar to read the coming month’s (and therefore year’s) descriptions to anticipate bird arrivals (and departures). Simply put – if you enjoy birds, you’ll fall in love with this book! The text is easy to read and extremely informative. Its content helps novice and experienced bird lovers problem solve, expand knowledge, and determine what plantings will promote diversity in their gardens. The monthly configurations help break down the potentially overwhelming information into “bite size chunks”.  This will make a wonderful addition to a libraries for novice and experienced lovers of nature who desire to lure wildlife in order to develop their abilities to appreciate the beauty around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a lovely, lovely, book including everything anyone could possibly need to know in order to attract and enjoy these exquisite creatures.  Stunning photos and common sense tips presented in a convenient month-to-month diary format.  Thoroughly enjoyable, written in  Sharon Sorenson's unique;y colorful and folksy style that we have all come to love in her newspaper column.  This one is a must have for beginners and more seasoned birders alike.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great and usable book to have for all bird lovers! Month by month the reader is told what to expect and how to make their yard a better habitat  for more birds to enjoy. Easy to follow and understand! Great for new or experienced bird lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read dozens of books about birds, but this one is more comprehensive and more info-packed than any other backyard bird book I've read. The organization (month by month) is a stroke of genius, letting us know what to expect when and how to create suitable habitat for every month of the year. Especially love the sidebars called "Biology Bits," "Botany for Birds," "Habitat--Yours and Theirs," and "How Does Your Garden Grow?" And the folksy over-the-backyard-fence writing style makes it all easy to read--and enjoy. Everyone who loves to attract birds to the backyard should have this reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended!  Beautiful photographs!  A splendid resource chock full of information about birds and how to invite them into your own yard and life.  Sharon’s friendly writing and thoughtful layout impart a tremendous amount of information for all interest levels.  Each month/chapter highlights the birds likely to be seen, particularly if you are interested and able to duplicate her efforts at creating habitat suitable for multiple species.  A lovely book which can be read straight through or by the respective month or just at random to glean tidbits of wisdom for later use.  A great resource!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book.   It has details for all levels of birders.   The information on developing a yard habitat is detailed and informative.    Individual habitat information is covered for many birds.   It also includes eating, nesting, and molting information for over 100 birds.   Mrs. Sorenson discusses birds that come to her yard month by month (what they eat where they nest, etc.).   It includes detailed information about each bird as well as outstanding photos of most of the birds.   For many of the birds, it includes photos of the various coloration that a given species my have throughout the year.    Having obtained this book in September in anticipation of the fall birds coming through our area, I am not sorry I purchased it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! - Just ordered extras for family and friends. - Hopefully via Sorenson's beautiful book, I can share her enthusiastic advocacy for our avian friends. Her book is jam-packed with information about habitat, migration, bird behavior, identification, native plants, choosing feed and feeders -even dimensions for birdhouses and how to build a bubble rock. In short, as the title suggests month-by-month advice for attracting songbirds. If you love birds, you will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous, fascinating and fun features await every reader, novice to pro,  in Sorenson's beautifully illustrated book. It's glossy color filled pages are chock full of birding nuggets and down home ideas for providing a bird friendly yard, regardless of the size of your pocketbook or space.  Because of Sorenson's book, I now understand in greater depth the significance of providing welcoming welcoming habitat through native species of trees, shrubs and flowers.  Congratulations to Sorenson for a real gem of a book, 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!  This is the most complete and well illustrated guide for novice as well as seasoned birder I have ever read. The dialog reads like a novel in it's clarity and wit but the informative sidebars are outstanding and the pictures and descriptions of the bird's plumage as well as the habit are 2nd to none. This book is a MUST for anyone that has an interest in our feathered friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a bird book for ALL ages! I can hardly wait to share this fascinating book with my young grandson! Now we can find answers to our many questions about the birds we see in our yards. Uniquely organized by month with stunning color photos and tons of fun-to-read information, this treasure belongs in every home! What a perfect gift for family and friends!
spayitforwardnfp More than 1 year ago
Sharon should have researched her feral cat problem solver on page 255, a bit more before writing it. Feral means wild, not domesticated, so she is way off base suggesting folks trap feral cats and take them to shelters for adoption. Shelters kill feral cats, stick to birds or do better research.