The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher 's Home Companion

The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher 's Home Companion

by Donald S. Heintzelman



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071345200
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 10/06/2000
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 7.35(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents


1. Basic Birdwatching

2. The Natural History of Birds

3. Equipment for Birdwatching

4. Bird Identification and Field Guides

5. Creating a Backyard Habitat

6. Bird Feeders

7. Nest Boxes

8. Water and Shelter

9. Problems in Backyard Habitats

10. The Active Birder

11. Expanding Your Horizons

Appendix 1. Birding and Habitat Enhancement Organizations

Appendix 2. Government Programs

Appendix 3. Birding on the Internet

Appendix 4. Company Addresses

Appendix 5. Suppliers of Purple Martin Houses and Bluebird Boxes

Appendix 6. Further Reading


About the Author

A color insert may be found after page 134

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The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher 's Home Companion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have a shelf of bird books but none, so far, has been as complete and helpful as this one. The author is well know and highly respected in his field. The book is beautifully printed and organized, meticulously researched with valuable help and information for every level or bird enthusiast from beginner to expert. The Internet links are up-to-date and make available valuable additional information. I recommend this book without reservation to everyone who is interested in birds, wants to learn more about them, set up or enhance a habitat, photograph or simply enjoy these wonderful and fascinating creatures. This book also makes an excellent gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what its cover promises: a single-source reference for all your needs.' I've seen many recent publications that discuss some, but not nearly all, of the birdwatching topics that Mr. Heintzelman presents in up-to-date detail. He is not only informative but also inspirational in the suggestions he offers for landscaping, nest boxes, feeders, water and shelter, and controlling pests and predators. Two other good chapters include tips on identifying birds and an easy-to-grasp introduction to birds' natural history. An especially valuable feature concludes the book. Usually an appendix isn't much more than an afterthought, but that's not the case here. Six important appendices list information for contacting bird-oriented sites, organizations, government programs, and companies that sell equipment, plus suggestions for further reading. I've had the book only a week, and I'm already using those handy lists. Overall, this is a very attractive and useful resource for the backyard birdwatcher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donald S. Heintzelman's new book 'The Complete Backyard Birdwatcher's Home Companion' is an informative guide for anyone, especially beginners and intermediate level birdwatchers, interested in learning about the birds that we see around us on our journey through life. The book is amazing, because it is indeed complete. It covers not only a concise history about birds and how they evolved with their different features. It also deals with all the 'how to's' of birdwatching and identification and shows how we can responsibly attract birds to our own backyards. The book gives innumerable tips on feeding, housing and birdwatching equipment and generously shares resources. Truly this book is a treasure for the beginning and intermediate level backyard birder.