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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press; Reissue edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607104040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607104049
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Burton studied as a zoologist and is a well-established author in the field of “domestic” natural history. Among the many books he has written are Bird Behavior, Nature's Night Life, Ponds and Nature by the Roadside. As well as writing pieces for the RSPB magazine, Birds, Robert Burton has contributed a wildlife column to Popular Gardening and fascinating articles to other magazines including the Royal Horticultural Society's The Garden. He took over the popular Nature Note column in the Daily Telegraph his father's from his father Dr Maurice Burton. Coming from a wildlife-orientated family, Robert Burton has grown up with the concept of the garden as a sanctuary for birds and other animals. After traveling widely for his past studies, working at home has given him plenty of opportunities to observe the visitors to his garden.

Stephen Kress, Ph.D. is active in ornithology, wildlife preservation, and environmental education. He serves in a variety of positions at the National Audubon Society, including biologist, manager of the Society’s Maine Coast Sanctuaries, and director of its Seabird Restoration Program. Kress is also a research fellow at Cornell University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine. Author of The Audubon Society Birder’s Handbook and The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds, Kress has also written many scientific papers on the restoration of seabirds such as puffins and terns.

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I highly recommend this book to any bird lover - love it!!!!
Virginia Rosen
I found this book very helpful in identifying the birds that come into my yard and how to care for them.
Barbara A. Ronne
The book has great information, beautiful pictures, and is well organized.
Jeather

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on May 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Before I purchased this book, I struggled to find something that I could refer to quickly when I spotted a bird at my feeder. Not only did this book provide me with basic features such as nesting habits, song descriptions, and typical diets of each bird, it also gave vital information on how to attract these fascinating little guys into your yard through the use of water, food, shelter, & shrubs and flowers. The photos are fantastic as well. I find myself referring to this book constantly, and keep it right by my binoculars.
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146 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on August 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased THE AUDUBON BACKYARD BIRDWATCHER, as well as WHERE THE BIRDS ARE published by the National Wildlife Federation and BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA from the Smithsonian. All three books have something to recommend them, and if you are an avid bird watcher or want to become one you will want all three. The Audubon book will have the greatest appeal to the backyard bird watcher who has neither the time nor inclination to travel to the wonderful sites listed in the NWF publication. The Audubon book is not exhaustive or even nearly so. For a more complete listing of birds, turn to another Audubon publication or the Smithsonian publication I mentioned above. Audubon offers complete listings of birds by geographic regions in other publications. You'll find only birds adapted to areas inhabited by humans in the AUDUBON BACKYARD BIRDWATCHER -- familiar friends like Robins and Finches, Pine Siskins and Chickadees. Each bird entry contains a photograph of the bird under discussion, sometimes in flight, sometimes posing and sometimes feeding itself or it's young. This book is wonderful for kids and I am using it to teach my grandchildren about birds just as my grandparents taught me!! The book contains sections on bathing, bird calls (including call notes and mimicry), and baby raising, and all are illustrated with many wonderful photos including some amazing shots of babies hatching, babies being fed, and babies launching into independence. Sections on bird pests, bird deaths, and bird rescues explain foiling predators, warning birds about glass windows, and banding and tracking birds. The child exposed to this book will learn someting about birds and life.Read more ›
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Bird profiles, behavior guide, nesting, eggs, curious behavior, songs, displays. Ways to attract birds to your backyard no matter what kind of area you live in... landscaping, supplemental feeding, water. The photos are fantastic and are very valuable to the backyard birder. Great book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Art fan on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought several books of this type to determine which would be the best for my needs. I also bought the Bird Bible which does not stack up to this book at all. This book is comprehensive, colorful and fascinating. From the moment I picked it up I couldn't stop reading it. I can't wait to put all this information to us in my yard. A great gift for others as well. This book is well organized and has all the information you need to begin a great relationship with the birds in your area. It has sections on bird idenification, feeding, gardening, etc. A MUST HAVE BOOK!

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I have since given this book to three others as a gift! It has been a big hit with each! Turing frieds into friends of the birds! It has been a wonderful hobby to share with friends and family.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens" is for the interested, but average birdwatcher. However, it might just inspire the reader to take it a level higher.

In Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs where I live, we are blessed with an abundance of birds. A lot of woods and water encourages them to visit. Farmland and large open fields and forests are within a few miles. We see hummingbirds on occasion, and hawks almost daily. Owls, herons, finches are all part of our landscape. The Audubon book helps sort through all of this.

I am an amateur's amateur. To call myself a birdwatcher would include myself with people who are much more aware of the birds they see. Still, I enjoy looking and noticing which visitors are flying by, and nesting nearby. When I travel, it is more exciting, as birds which would never dare come to my town fly abundantly in Washington DC, Atlanta, or Denver. Whipping out the guide quickly sorts out which bird it probably is.

The bird profiles are not the only feature. For me, it is my favorite, but there is much more. "Birdgardens" are garden optimized to attract and help birds thrive. You will learn about water and how to best provide it for which species, and about plants that help certain birds. You will learn, specifically, about plant strategies, like whether trees, shrubs or flowers are best, and in which cases you can have each.

The book understands the realities of budgets and average homes, and describes the best places to find what you need. In fact, the Appendices (around 10 pages) will be a great resource for any reader looking to step up their birdwatching a notch, with national and regional contacts, further reading, and, of course, information about the National Audubon Society.

I fully recommend "The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens" by Robert Burton.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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