There are always lots of new gardening books to examine on bookstore shelves every spring, so I sometimes overlook other kinds of new books. This spring, however, I noticed a nice little bird field guide that I think is a gem.
"Birds of Pennsylvania" is written by Stan Tekiela, a naturalist who has a syndicated nature column and radio show as well as other books to his credit.
A perfect fit into a pocket, fanny pack or camera case, this 282-page guide focuses on birds found in Pennsylvania either summer, winter or year round.
Excellent photographs of both males and females in their characteristic plumage make identification easy.
Helpful facts about size, color, nesting behavior, eggs, food sources, distinctive flight and song patterns round out the quick portrait of each species