Books for Birders

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to the 500 Most Important Birding Areas in the United States

By Robert M. Chipley

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This expert resource organizes the United States into 36 ornithologically distinct bird regions, then identifies and describes the 500 sites within these regions. Each site entry includes ornithological highlights, ownership information, a description of habitats and land use, a guide to which species one can expect to find, conservation issues, and visitor information. Full-color maps and illustrations throughout, along with a thorough index, make this book as useful as it is unique.

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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

By Mark Obmascik

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Three birding fanatics compete with each other and themselves to see the most number of birds in and around the U.S. in one year. Where they go, what they do, and how much they spend are almost unbelievable. Talk about obsessed!

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The Bird Feeder Book: An Easy Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Understanding Your Feeder Birds

By Donald and Lillian Stokes

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"Copiously illustrated with maps, line drawings, and full-color photographs, this large format paperback book contains the essential information that backyard nature enthusiasts want and need -- to select feeders and understand the basics of birdfeeding."

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The Bluebird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting Bluebirds

By Donald and Lillian Stokes

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This is a wonderful book for everyone interested in bluebirds. It has lots of photographs and covers virtually every aspect of bluebird-ing, from housing to feeding to fledging to behavior.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Birdwatching

By Sheila Buff

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Tips for choosing the right equipment, finding a good birding location, and identifying the birds once you get there.
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The Feather Quest: A North American Birder's Year

By Pete Dunne

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When a flash of pink was spotted in a cloud of gray gulls over Newburyport, Massachusetts, ten thousand people descended on the town in hopes of seeing a rare Ross's gull from Siberia. Among them were Pete and Linda Dunne, who set off from there on a year-long odyssey. Dunne had poured the most remarkable stories, birds, and characters into this unforgettable book about their once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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The Little Book of Birding

By George H. Harrison

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Bird-watching expert George Harrison provides more than a glimpse into the unpredictable and often humorous avian world. Experienced bird watchers will recognize with delight the insight he imparts. They will also recognize themselves, albeit with some embarrassment, in the humorous photographs, which show to what lengths some people will go in their obsession with birds.

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

By David Allen Sibley

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One of the newer field guides, this one has lovely illustrations and maps all on the same page for ease of use. It also shows birds in different poses - very helpful! It is a bit heavy to carry in the field, but the quality is worth the weight! The library also owns his guide to birds of Western North America.

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The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society

By Augusta Trobaugh

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"The women of a small town's bird watching society secretly plan to "eliminate" the husband of one of their members in this modern spin on the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace. Founding members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society in tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia, are Beulah, Sweet, Wildwood, and Zion - each named after a hymn. Pillars of the community, seemingly beyond reproach, two of these ladies are nonetheless conspiring to murder retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a newcomer to Tea-Olive. It all begins when the judge tricks Sweet into marriage, steals her land for a development project, and fast-talks his way right onto the town council. By the time Beulah and Zion discover his evil plans - and realize that Sweet has endured personal harm with more to come - the judge is already a permanent fixture in town. Or is he? In a story replete with coconut cake, grits, and poisoned turtle stew, Beulah and Zion attempt to do away with the judge while always remaining unfailing polite."

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The Verb "To Bird": Sightings of an Avid Birder

By Peter Cashwell

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All around the world, birds are the subject of intense, even spiritual, fascination, but relatively few people see the word bird as a verb. Peter Cashwell is one who does, and with good reason: He birds (because he can't help it), and he teaches grammar (because he's paid to). An English teacher by profession and an avid birder by inner calling, Cashwell has written a whimsical and critical book about his many obsessions - birds, birders, language, literature, parenting, pop culture, and the human race. Cashwell lovingly but irreverently explores the practice of birding, from choosing a field guide to luring vultures out of shrubbery, and gives his own eclectic travelogue of some of the nation's finest bird habitats.

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