I am going to be adding a wild bird book review section on the site. I would like to share with you the first review here!
Author: David Burnie
Published by DK Publishing
Before you can watch and enjoy baby birds in your back yard, you have to encourage their parents to build their nest nearby. One way to help this happen, is to provide the necessary building materials for a nest.
Building materials! Before you get excited about providing bricks, mortar and wood products, the building of a nest requires far less sophisticated materials. All you need to do is place bowls on a picnic table, deck or some other structure. In the bowls, place small pieces of straw, twigs, pieces of wool, yarn and some moist mud. Then, don’t touch anything for a few days, other than ensuring that the mud is kept moist. The birds will do the rest.
This is just one of the many great backyard birding tips that you will find in a wonderful little book called Birdwatcher. This Smithsonian book is published by DK Publishing and is a great tool to educate yourself or your children, or your grandchildren about the many ways that you can learn about birds and birding. (It really has a multi-generational appeal!)
Now, back to building birds’ nests.
The authors suggest that you “watch from a distance to see which materials they (the birds) take, and how they carry them. Who does the collecting? The male, the female, or both?” (pg 38)
Not bothering the birds while they are in the nesting phase of their lives is important. Just keep your distance and you will learn a tremendous amount of information about our feathered friends.
Birdwatcher contains a wide range of useful information that will help you learn more about birds and enjoy their presence in your backyard.
You will learn how to set a unique table of foods including some that may not have crossed your mind. (Baked potatoes! Who knew!) You will find out about the unique habits of individual species. But most of all you will have fun and hardly even notice that you have increased your knowledge level!
The Glossary at the back of the book contains some great definitions that go a long way to improving your backyard birding skills. For instance do you know what a bird pellet is? (The answer is at the bottom of this article.)
The photography in the book, including some stamp-sized identification photos inside the front and back jackets, is incredible.
DK Publishing’s Birdwatcher by David Burnie was published in 2005, but is still available in bookstores. It is a book that backyard birders of all ages will find delightful.
Answer to “bird pellet”: “Indigestible food remains, which some birds cough up after they have had a meal.”