This interactive field guide features 112 species of Michigan birds organized by color, making bird identification in Michigan easy.
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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
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 Birds||vi|
|Bird Songs and Calls||viii|
|Bird Color Variables||ix|
|Who Builds the Nest?||xiv|
|Why Birds Migrate||xv|
|How Do Birds Migrate?||xvi|
|How to Use This Guide||xvii|
|Using the Companion Birds of Michigan Audio CDs||xviii|
|Black and White||22|
|Check List/Index by Species||268|
|About the Author||272|
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a handy field guide for the youngster or beginner bird watcher
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.
I cannot read or see the pictures on any of my devices
The sample had all blank pages! How can I tell if I'd want to make the purchase!? Waste of time.
It is a great tool in wildlife education for children. This book is easy to use and can be bring with you every where
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!