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.
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.
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.
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.