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This comprehensive and beloved guide reveals the most ubiquitous and remarkable species of North American birds, clearly organized by family and paired with identification tips, behavior, vocal descriptions, and more. The new edition features a “Backyard Basics” section from the world’s most prolific birdwatcher, Noah Strycker, with tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds and creating bird-friendly landscapes. Also included are updated descriptions of 150 common North American species, paired with comprehensive range maps, as well as lush indentification artwork and bite-sized facts. With new contributions from Strycker and a modern redesign, the second edition of this perennial favorite will appeal to new and experienced bird enthusiasts alike.
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How to use this book
Of all the creatures in nature, birds are the most visible and accessible— they are right in your backyard! With minimal effort, your life can intersect with theirs, and both you and the birds around you will benefit. This book is a concise guide to enjoying and identifying the common birds in your area, wherever you live in North America, north of Mexico.
Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America
Geared to the casual and experienced birdwatcher alike, this completely revised guide to 150 of the most common and interesting birds in North America provides the perfect way to appreciate the feathered friends outside your window, along with the tools you need to cultivate them wherever you live.
Guide to 150 Species
A bird feeder can be an easy and inexpensive way to attract birds year-round. There are a variety of feeders and foods, but most fall into a few traditional categories. Some are better than others, and each will entice certain species. It is important to keep feeders clean and to place them in safe locations—but if you take proper care, feeding will benefit the birds, helping them survive and reproduce.
Types of Feeders
Platform feeders serve many birds.
Window mounts bring birds close.
Finch feeders have tiny holes.
Fruit beckons orioles.
Well-designed birdhouses offer shelter and safety for birds like this Tree Swallow.
Birdhouses can attract another family to the backyard.
Purple Martins are the condo lovers of the bird world.