Birds in Your Backyard: A Bird Lover's Guide to Creating a Garden Sanctuary

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Turn your backyard into a blissful bird sanctuary-create an appealing habitat to attract birds and watch them thrive.
This indispensable guide for bird enthusiasts is a comprehensive and richly illustrated volume-with over 600 full-color photos. Together with a little careful planning and planting you can turn your yard into a bird and butterfly oasis. It's several books in one:

• An A-to-Z landscaping guide to identify over 75 flowers and ...

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Overview

Turn your backyard into a blissful bird sanctuary-create an appealing habitat to attract birds and watch them thrive.
This indispensable guide for bird enthusiasts is a comprehensive and richly illustrated volume-with over 600 full-color photos. Together with a little careful planning and planting you can turn your yard into a bird and butterfly oasis. It's several books in one:

• An A-to-Z landscaping guide to identify over 75 flowers and plants

• A field guide includes over 170 varieties of birds and butterflies with key
information on: how to identify them by their markings, how they behave, and which feeder foods they like the best

• A bird-watching guide to understand the basics of bird-watching and what equipment might be needed to observe or photograph birds

Plus, a how-to guide filled with step-by-step instructions for easy-to-build projects. Learn how-to:

• Plant your garden with bird-friendly trees, plants, hedges, ground cover, seed- producing flowers, and fruit-bearing shrubs and vines

• Build and mount your own birdhouses, boxes, perches, and shelters

• Identify the best plants for creating nesting sites; grow bird seed; and add a birdbath or pond

Let Birds in Your Backyard reveal its secrets for creating an irresistible garden and welcoming landscape alive with birds and butterflies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762109975
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 685,808
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Dolezal has more than 34 years experience in every aspect of publishing. He was formerly publisher of Ortho Books and has authored several books including Reader's Digest Where the Birds Are. Dolezal has produced articles and photographs for publications such as National Geographic and Time.
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Table of Contents

Rewards of Backyard Birds 8

Enjoying Birds

Helping Nature

Benefiting the Birds

Helping the Gardener

Habitats in Home Gardens

Woodland and Shrub Habitats

Waterside and River Habitats

Flower and Nectar Habitats

Prairie, Meadow, and Grassland Habitats

Ecosystems and Habitats

Masterworks of Adaptation

Specialization

Backyard Habitats

Creating Bird Gardens in Home Landscapes 26

A Place to Start

Your Surroundings

Site-Appropriate Gardens

The Existing Site

Choosing Plants and Features

Nesting and Rearing Features

Perches and Shelter

Providing Protection

Water Features

The New Garden Plan

Preparing for Care

Safe Access and Cautions

Schedules and Budgets

Resources and Information

Plus Two DIY Projects

Bird Gardens at Home 48

Functional Birdhouses and Feeders

Building Bird Feeders

Chart-Feeders, Feed, and Birds

Natural Feeders

Mounting Feeders

Building Birdhouses

Chart-Birds and Their Birdhouses

Predator and Nuisance Guards

Mounting Birdhouses

Providing Fresh Water

Pumps, Filters, and Piping

Bird Garden Ponds and Streams

Other Desirable Features

Tensioned-Wire Perches

Plus Twenty-Seven DIY Projects

Plantscapes to Attract Birds 94

Plants That Provide Birds with Food

The World of Butterflies

Attracting Butterflies

Plants That Provide Support for Nests

Plants for Nesting Materials

Plants for Shelter, Roosting, and Perching

Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds and Feeding

Site Requirements

Spacing Requirements

Planting Arrangements

Early Care

Fertilizers

Organic Pest and Disease Control

Chart-Controlling Common Pests and Diseases

Plus Two DIY Projects

Feed and Seed Basics122

Natural and Artificial Bird Feed

Suet and Fat

Bakery Treats and Sugar-Water Nectar

Growing Your Own Birdseed

Seasonal and Supplemental Feeding

Bird Feeder Care

Overcoming Feeder Pests and Problems

Plus One DIY Project

Bird-Watching 136

Observing and Recognizing Birds

Bird Senses and Behaviors

The Secrets of Flight

Territory and Mating

Nesting and Shelter

Migration

Range

Identifying Bird Songs

Endangered Bird Species

Bird-Watcher or Birder

Birding Equipment

Using a Field Guide

A Bird-Watcher's Life List

Photographing Birds

Birding Gifts to Share

Field Guide to Backyard Birds 162

The Origin of Birds

Modern North American Bird Orders

Common North American Birds

Common Hummingbirds

Common Butterflies and Skippers

Plants to Attract Birds 230

Flowering Plants

Ground Covers, Vines, and Ornamental Grasses

Shrubs and Small Trees

Index 260

Photo Credits 272

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Name That Bird!

    Did you ever gasp in delight as a brightly colored bird flutters by, then spend the rest of the afternoon wondering what kind of bird you saw? Birds In Your Backyard features some of the most common types of birds in North America with photographs, colored prints, explanations of habitat, range, and food sources to help even the most inexperienced bird watcher. Great as a gift or as a part of your permanent library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Highly Recommanded

    Love it. It talks about birds, butterfly, plants. how to build house for birds - the projects are so well explained -. They have recipes for bird's food & great pictures, ect. What a wonderful book!

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