Birds of Michigan Field Guide

Birds of Michigan Field Guide

by Stan Tekiela

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591930433
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/03/2004
Series: Bird Identification Guides
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 90,645
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide. For over two decades, Stan has authored more than 100 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 20 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, his syndicated column appears in over 20 newspapers and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and Canon Professional Services. Stan resides in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Katherine, and daughter, Abigail. He can be contacted via his web page at

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Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Size: 8-9” (20-22.5 cm)

Male: All-red bird with a black mask that extends from the face down to the chin and throat. Large red bill and crest.

Female: buff brown with tinges of red on crest and wings, same black mask and red bill

Juvenile: same as female, but with a blackish gray bill

Nest: cup; female builds; 2-3 broods per year

Eggs: 3-4; bluish white with brown markings

Incubation: 12-13 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 9-10 days; female and male feed young

Migration: non-migrator

Food: seeds, insects, fruit; comes to seed feeders

Compare: Male Scarlet Tanager (pg. 232) has black wings and tail. Look for the male Cardinal’s black mask, large crest and red bill.

Stan’s Notes: A familiar backyard bird. Look for the male feeding female during courtship. Male feeds young of the first brood by himself while female builds second nest. The name comes from the Latin word cardinalis , which means “important.” Very territorial in spring, it will fight its own reflection in a window. Non-territorial during winter, gathering in small flocks of up to 20 birds. Both the male and female sing and can be heard any time of year. Listen for its “whata-cheer-cheer-cheer” territorial call in the spring.

Table of Contents

Why Watch Birds in Michigan?iv
Observe with a Strategy; Tips for Identifying Birdsvi
Bird Songs and Callsviii
Bird Basicsix
Bird Color Variablesix
Bird Nestsxi
Who Builds the Nest?xiv
Why Birds Migratexv
How Do Birds Migrate?xvi
How to Use This Guidexvii
Range Mapsxviii
Using the Companion Birds of Michigan Audio CDsxviii
Sample Pagexix
The Birds
Black and White22
Helpful Resources265
Check List/Index by Species268
About the Author272

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Birds Of Michigan Field Guide 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
4bonasa on LibraryThing 18 days ago
a handy field guide for the youngster or beginner bird watcher
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing 18 days ago
The book and CD are both awesome! This was one of my "textbooks" for my nature study class. The bird calls are great, if a little disorganized, and the guide is excellent as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot read or see the pictures on any of my devices
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample had all blank pages! How can I tell if I'd want to make the purchase!? Waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great tool in wildlife education for children. This book is easy to use and can be bring with you every where
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book because my toddler became interested in birds, and I couldn't tell one bird from the next. The photos are stunning; there's a full page picture of every Michigan bird. The information is succinct and easy to understand, right on the opposite page of each photo. We keep this book by the window with a pair of binoculars. We haven't found a bird in our yard that we could not find in this very user friendly guide! Great for budding ornothologists!