Southern Birds: Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas

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From the editor of the nation's premier birding magazine, a no-nonsense, no-fluff quick guide to the birds you see every day. Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmental landscape supports fascinating species and variations exclusive to each region of the country. While birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our ...

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Southern Birds: Backyard Guide * Watching * Feeding * Landscaping * Nurturing - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas

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From the editor of the nation's premier birding magazine, a no-nonsense, no-fluff quick guide to the birds you see every day. Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmental landscape supports fascinating species and variations exclusive to each region of the country. While birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our backyards (or nearby) daily. For that reason, where other, larger volumes focus on bird types that the casual observer is never likely to encounter, Southern Birds concisely celebrates those species living under our very noses. Written by Bill Thompson III, the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest, this portable 5"x8" book contains the same variety of entertaining and informative entries that make Bird Watche's Digest the nation's most popular birding magazine. Inside, you'll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the South, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson also introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips, and observational techniques. This guide covers North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Look for our other backyard bird guides covering the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, and West regions of the United States.

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Meet the Author

Bill Thompson III(Whipple, OH) is the editor and co-publisher ofBird Watcher's Digest. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, the host of theThis Birding Lifepodcast (http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/podcasts/thisbirdinglife.php#episodes), a regular speaker and performer on the birding festival circuit, a gentleman farmer, and a fungi to be around. His North American life list is somewhere between 673 and 675. His favorite bird is the red-headed woodpecker. His "spark bird" was a snowy owl. He has watched birds in 25 countries and 44 states, but his favorite place to watch is on the 80-acre farm he shares with his wife, artist and writer Julie Zickefoose. Some kind person once called Bill "the Pied Piper of Birding" and he has been trying to live up to that moniker ever since.http://billofthebirds.blogspot.com

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Table of Contents


Welcome to Bird Watching in the South
Creating a Habitat

Profiles of Backyard Birds of the South

Hawks
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

Pigeons & Doves
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove

Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl

Swifts & Hummingbirds
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Flycatchers
Eastern Phoebe

Crows & Jays
Blue Jay
American Crow

Swallows
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow

Chickadees & Titmice
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Wrens
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin

Mimids
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Starlings
European Starling

Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Tanagers
Summer Tanager

Sparrows
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Cardinals & Buntings
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting

Orioles & Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole

Finches
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Weaver Finches
House Sparrow

Birding Hotspots for the South
Birds I’ve Spotted 
Resources
IndexMeet Bill Thompson III 

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