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The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible: The A-to-Z Guide To Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects And Treats (Rodale Organic Gardening Books) Hardcover – September 30, 2000
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Similar in layout and content to Roth!s Attracting Birds to Your Backyard (Rodale, 1998), this book is both enjoyable to browse because of its color photos, line art, and call-outs and useful as a home reference because of its alphabetical arrangement. Conveying an enormous amount of information on attracting, feeding, and observing birds, the entries vary in length from half a page to multiple pages for broad or complex topics such as the benefits of fruiting plants (trees, blueberry shrubs, strawberry plants, etc.) as a source of both food and shelter. Despite some overlap with his previous title, Roth presents enough new information, techniques, and anecdotes to make this work fun, worthwhile addition likely to be as popular as similar works by John K. Terres and Mathew Tekulsky. Recommended for public libraries."Bonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is a copious, easy-to-use guide to bird feeding with 275 photographs and 125 illustrations. The pages devoted to the birds themselves--from blackbirds to wrens-- offer a description of each (including a color photo), a list of each bird's favorite foods, and a discussion of its behavior. The authors then provide extensive lists of flowers, fruit, berries, vegetables, plants, and seeds that attract birds, and detailed information on everything from baffles, banding, binoculars, bird counts, bird watching, binoculars, and field guides to discussions of bird communication, bullies and nuisance birds, and bird migration. And that's not all: Roth and Burgoyne offer instructions on how to photograph and draw birds, and how to build birdbaths and feeders; and they even present recipes for bird-seducing treats, such as blueberry bird granola, fruitful feeder bread, mockingbird manna, woodpecker favorite, starling pleaser, and bluebird tempter. Theirs truly is a comprehensive guide for bird enthusiasts. George Cohen
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Trainloads of books, pamphlets and magazine articles have been written about backyard birding, bird housing and bird feeding. Unfortunately, a lot of them are not worth much and a great many contain a large dose of pure silliness, misinformation, and harebrained altruism. That is the reason why "The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible" by Sally Roth is such a wonderful find.
Roth's book is easily the most accurate, the most practical, the most useful, the most sensible, the most well-written and the most usable work on bird feeding out of scores that I have read over the passed half-century. Any birder at any level of interest will find this work interesting, entertaining, very useful and refreshingly down-to-Earth.
I will, however, make two cautionary comments.
First, Roth suggests seeking local information and answers from local chapters of the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club or The Nature Conservancy. My experience is that the accuracy and reliability of information from these three groups is highly variable. I have been very impressed with them in Michigan, favorably impressed with them in Arkansas, Kansas and south Texas, satisfied with them in Ohio and Pennsylvania and thoroughly disgusted with them in Florida. Just a "heads up".
Secondly, as you read "The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible", you will be rapidly overwhelmed with the urge to run out to the local equipment stores and buy all manner of feeders, building materials, tools, feed & seed, and potted plants, shrubs and trees. This can present problems, especially for apartment dwellers.
Did we ever get a show! We had finches, wrens, cardinals and all sorts of birds appear. We had thistle feeders and those for birds who preferred sunflower seeds. However, we also discovered that the birds inhaled food, simply seemed to suck it in like some industrial strength vacuum cleaner, small in size and...well, I wish I had a vacuum cleaner that quick and efficient! Another sign that nature trumps technology much of the time.
But....we were going into hock trying to keep those birds fed. So I bought this book partly because of the section on how to keep them fed and still afford to retire someday.
It was very helpful and now we're happy and the birds are happy. For those of you who feel just fine spending money on bird seed and not finding less costly methods of feeding the adorable little gluttons, you'll find a huge array of info in this one about how to choose feeders, which mixes work best and even how to deal with cicadas.
You can get an idea of the book's topics by using the "Search Inside the Book" feature. Of course, some things can't be taught by a book, as I learned when a bird alit on my shoulder while filling a feeder, a small gift.
But if you want info about how to attract birds, create the ideal feeders and find the mix seed mixes as well as projects you can make yourself, this IS the book to get. You can read more about it and other items on my profile page on Amazon.