The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens

The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens

by Robert Burton, Stephen Kress

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ISBN-13: 9781607104049
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Burton studied as a zoologist and is a well-established author in the field of “domestic” natural history. Among the many books he has written are Bird Behavior , Nature's Night Life , Ponds and Nature by the Roadside. As well as writing pieces for the RSPB magazine, Birds , Robert Burton has contributed a wildlife column to Popular Gardening and fascinating articles to other magazines including the Royal Horticultural Society's The Garden. He took over the popular Nature Note column in the Daily Telegraph his father's from his father Dr Maurice Burton. Coming from a wildlife-orientated family, Robert Burton has grown up with the concept of the garden as a sanctuary for birds and other animals. After traveling widely for his past studies, working at home has given him plenty of opportunities to observe the visitors to his garden.

Stephen Kress, Ph.D. is active in ornithology, wildlife preservation, and environmental education. He serves in a variety of positions at the National Audubon Society, including biologist, manager of the Society’s Maine Coast Sanctuaries, and director of its Seabird Restoration Program. Kress is also a research fellow at Cornell University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine. Author of The Audubon Society Birder’s Handbook and The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds , Kress has also written many scientific papers on the restoration of seabirds such as puffins and terns.

Table of Contents

Birdfeeder Handbook
Foreword6
Chapter 1Birds in the Yard8
Watching garden birds
Birds and yards
Who's in the yard?
Birds in cities
Chapter 2Attracting Birds24
What birds need
Gardening for birds
Feeders
Feeder fare
Birdbaths and ponds
Nestboxes
Chapter 3Bird Profiles60
What bird is that?
The profiles
Chapter 4Behavior Guide144
The lives of birds
Feeding
Flight patterns
Perching and walking
Care and maintenance
Roosting and sleeping
Flocks
Space and territory
Displays and flights
Songs and calls
Pair formation
Nest building
Eggs and incubation
Chick-rearing
Movements
Curious behaviour
Chapter 5Bird Survival204
Survival and mortality
Rescue
The Bird Garden
Foreword214
Introduction216
Chapter 1Landscaping for Birds220
Chapter 2Planting Advice240
Chapter 3Supplemental Feeding: When and what to feed birds250
Chapter 4Water in the Garden256
Chapter 5Regional Guide to Plants and Birds266
Appendices360
Plant sources
National Audubon Society
Glossary
Bird classification
Bird families and orders
Further reading
Useful addresses
Index370
Acknowledgements382

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