By NINA GILFERT
Daily Commercial Staff Writer
Stan Tekiela, a naturalist and author, columnist and radio personality has put together a great little field guide called Birds of Florida. If you are a bird watcher you should have this book.
The "Birds of Florida" field guide is a small book, about 4/1/2" by 6", just the right size to slip in the pocket of your jeans. Every page has beautiful, full- color photographs of Florida birds, There are 140 species of only Florida birds in this little book It contains an easy to use color guide so-thit- if you see a yellow bird you just go to the yellow-bird section to identify it.
Bird Watching is the largest spectator sport in America. This little field guide will help you identify and learn about most any bird you happen to see in the state. More than 480 different species have been, recorded in Florida. Tekiela has included the species most commonly seen. Florida is one of the best places in the country to observe birds. The weather and water are the main things that attract so many birds to this state.
The book also includes tips on bird watching, how to identify different birds, what to look for to tell one bird from another. It contains information on birds habits, nest building and range maps. It gives the novice information on bird basics, the parts of a bird that will-help you identify them.
Whether your a beginrier, a bird-watcher wanna-be, or simply curious about some pesky bird that is showing up in your back yard, you will enjoy this book. The photographs are all of live birds, except the female indigo bunting so they are authentic.
Stan Tekiela writes a syndicated nature column and appears on a syndicated nature radio show. He has authored other books, including "Nature Smart," "Start Mushrooming" and "Plantworks."
"Birds of Florida" was published by Adventure Publications of Cambridge, MN. It is available in local bookstores, gift stores or directly throug,hAdventure Publications for $14.95 plus $2 shipping and handling at 820 Cleveland St S, Cambridge, MN 55008 or call toll free (800) 678 7006.