The Backyard Bird Lover's Ultimate How-To Guide: More Than 200 Easy Ideas and Projects for Attracting and Feeding Your Favorite Birds

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A comprehensive A-to-Z handbook for the foods and feeders, plants and projects that will guarantee a bird-friendly backyard

One of the joys of spending time in the backyard is observing the birds. This acorns-to-wrens guide helps readers create a backyard that’s right for them and right for their local birds.

The book targets all skill levels, offering new birders plenty of basics while intriguing longtime birdwatchers with new ideas. Here ...

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Overview

A comprehensive A-to-Z handbook for the foods and feeders, plants and projects that will guarantee a bird-friendly backyard

One of the joys of spending time in the backyard is observing the birds. This acorns-to-wrens guide helps readers create a backyard that’s right for them and right for their local birds.

The book targets all skill levels, offering new birders plenty of basics while intriguing longtime birdwatchers with new ideas. Here readers will learn:

• which birdhouses are a smart buy and which ones to leave on the shelf

• how to choose a birdseed mix to attract colorful songbirds—rather than pesky crows

• why easy homemade suet blocks are irresistable to hungry birds in every season

• how to offer shelter to species dealing with disappearing natural habitats

Along with the ins and outs of feeding, behavior, nesting, and gardening advice, each of the 200-plus entries is sprinkled with super-simple step-by-step projects, bird treat recipes, and planting ideas, along with plenty of fascinating bird lore and Roth’s own observations on bird behavior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605295190
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 644,411
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SALLY ROTH is author of many books on gardening and birding. A lifelong gardener, naturalist, and sought-after public speaker, she lives in New Harmony, IN.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Highly Recommended For All Bird Lovers

    As an avid bird lover and watcher, The Backyard Bird Lover's Ultimate How - To Guide grabbed my attention immediately. It is more than a bird identification book. It has so much information to help the new as well as the seasoned bird lover of any age to bring birds into the yard. This book has over 200 easy ideas & projects for attracting & feeding your favorite birds. It is filled with tips for a bird - friendly backyard.



    This book has everything from how to use bird baths as well as what plants will draw in the birds that you desire to live in your mist. One really cool thing about this book is that it has a table of contents as well as an index. There are Internet site suggestions for further reading. You will also find several pages of resources such as places to purchase seeds and plants.

    My favorite resource in this book is the Conservation Groups. It lists several conservancy Alliances, Ornithology and societies to further your knowledge base and connect with like minded bird lovers.

    The very last page is a colored USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map of the United States and Canada. This is exceptionally helpful when you are planning your yard for bird habitat. You will know what plants will grow in your area.

    I am sure we have all seen birds that seem to pick on the other birds and do not want them in our feeders, bird houses or bird baths. This book offers tips on how to deal with this type of bird.

    This book is filled with birds in color as well as tips that are color coded for easy searches. There are many recipes for making your own bird food. You will find a list of evergreens that attract birds and the kind they attract. For example, we have lots of evergreens in our front yard that we use as privacy. I had no idea that these wonderful evergreens were the reason we had so many Hummingbirds in summer or Blue Jays. If you want more hummingbirds, all you have to do is plant Azalea & Rhododendron. The Hummingbird is attracted to the nectar of the flowers they produce.

    You do not have to buy a fancy bird house or even buy expensive material to make one with. The Backyard Bird Lover's Ultimate How - To Guide has tips for building that perfect bird house for the birds that you love most. It offers tips on everything from the material to us as well as the perfect size for each type of bird. One of the bird houses even uses an old license plate to make the rain shedding roof from. A simple bird house will attract owls.

    Corn and Cornmeal is a cheap & plentiful. It is also a great way to entice birds to your yard. You will find at least 5 recipes that use cornmeal to make your own bird fed. The names of these recipes says it all:

    Cornbread Crunch

    Bluebird Best

    Catbirds Get Corny

    Woodpecker Breakfast

    Junco Munch

    This book even has a section on how climate change is affecting the migration of birds. This guide does not stop there though, it offers tips for making treats for the outdoor pine so the birds can eat all winter and the tree looks like you decorated it for Christmas. This would be a great activity for the children.

    This book is an A-Z handbook for the foods and feeders, plants and projects to bring birds to your backyard.

    All the knowledge you need to attract and keep birds in your backyard sanctuary is in this book. I loved this Ultimate guide and will be using it all year long to encourage new birds into our yard

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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