Hosting the Birds: How to Attract Birds to Nest in Your Yard

Hosting the Birds: How to Attract Birds to Nest in Your Yard

by Jan Mahnken, Kim Knauf

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``No one who enjoys feeding birds needs to be given a reason to do this: it's interesting. If you need more motivation, however, try thinking of bird feeding as a way of repaying a debt to fellow inhabitants of the planet.'' This guide, intended for casual bird-watchers eager to learn more about the birds passing through their urban, suburban or country yards or gardens, discusses the nesting cycle, courtship, territories, parenthood and theories of migration and outlines breeding habits (i.e., incubation and nesting periods) of 175 species. However, beginning birders would have benefited from more information on the exact times of year when mating begins and on notes on coloring. And the book provides relatively little advice on how to lure birds by strategic landscaping, plant selection and building and installing feeders and nest boxes. Still, the author's self-effacing enthusiasm is endearing: ``Though it's probably superfluous to fall into raptures and rhapsodies on the perfection of Nature and the absolute marvel that an egg is, I must admit that I continue to be amazed.'' Mahnken and Knauf previously collaborated on Feeding the Birds . Illustrations not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
There are many good books on attracting birds, such as Stephen W. Kress's Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds ( LJ 2/1/86). This is not one. It is a miscellany of information on wild birds available with greater detail and authority in many other sources, such as Paul R. Ehrlich's Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds (S. & S., 1988). Mahnken's title and subtitle are misleading; little of his book concerns attracting birds. It would be a miracle if some of the birds described here (e.g., the bald eagle) frequented any reader's yard. The bibliography is a curious hodge podge of inappropriate titles with some good books. Not recommended.-- Henry T. Armistead, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
On the nesting cycle, with chapters on migration, courtship, nest building, egg laying, care of nestlings and fledglings, and final preparation for winter. The reference section details 175 species, including range, preferred nesting site, clutch size, and incubation and nesting period. 200 pen and ink drawings and 14 color plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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