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Bird feeding and landscaping guides
Many resources exist to help the backyard bird-feeding enthusiast develop a successful feeder garden. Here are a few to choose from.
Burton, Richard and Stephen Kress. Audubon North American Bird Feeder Guide. Dorling Kindersley. 2005.
Dennis, John V. A Complete Guide to Bird Feeding. Knopf. 1994.
Kress, Stephen W. National Audubon Society’s Bird Garden: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Birds to your Backyard Throughout the Year. Dorling Kindersley. 1995.
Mahnken, Jan. The Backyard Bird-Lover's Guide. Storey Books. 1996.
Stokes, Donald and Lillian. Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard. Little, Brown and Company. 1998.
An important tool for any FeederWatcher is a field guide. A good field guide will include:
- detailed drawings or photos illustrating the variation in plumage of the male and female of each species, as well as the subtle differences in appearance due to age, season, and geographic region
- highlights of the diffences between hard to distinguish, similar-looking species
- maps of the species' breeding, winter, and year-round ranges
The choice of which field guide is best for you is really a subjective decision. There are a number of wonderful guides on the market, each with it's own advantages and disadvantages. You might want to visit a library and look through a few guides before you decide which one to purchase. Here are a few guides to consider:
Kaufman, Kenn. Birds of North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin. 2000.
Peterson, Roger Tory. A Field Guide to the Birds: A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin. 1998.
Peterson, Roger Tory. A Field Guide to Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin. 1989.
Sibley, David Allen. The Sibley Guide to Birds. Alfred A. Knopf. 2000.
Stokes, Don and Lillian. Beginner’s Guide to Birds. Little, Brown and Company. 1996.