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Birdscaping Your Garden: A Practical Guide To Backyard Birds And The Plants That Attract Them Paperback – April 15, 1998
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This is an a4 sized hardback of 144 pages published in Australia by Rigby Publishers and deals wit the Australian scene. It may not be very relevant for other countries because of the types of bird species found here.
The book opens with a short chapter on the main groups of Australian birds, e.g. honeyeaters, finches, parrots, cockatoos, wrens, pigeons and doves, that are likely to be attracted to a native bushland garden.
The second chapter deals with bird habitats and behaviour. The next chapter deals with how to create sanctuaries fur native birds. Birds can be attracted to the home garden through flowering plants, birdbaths, feeding trays and nesting boxes. There is then a short chapter on how to grow Australian plants and another one on general bird pollination. The bulk of the book is governed by the next chapter which deals with environmentally important plants for Australian birds and hundreds are covered. The highlight of the book I feel is the super photographs of nectar feeding birds on their host flowering plants as well as others feeding on seeds and drinking at bird baths. There are also numerous black and white photographs of birds and plants. The author supplements all of this with handsome line drawings of various bird species mostly in their natural habitats. Other line drawings show nectar feeders, birdbaths and nesting boxes and how the birds spatially relate to these.
Interesting photos include a Blue Wren (Malurus superbus) feeding on insects while resting ion mass flowering wattle, Acacia sp. (Mimosaceae), an unidentified honeyeater (but probably the New Holland Honeyeater- Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) on the red flowers of Banksia coccinea (Proteaceae), an Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) feeding from the flowers of Correa lawrenciana (Rutaceae), a New Holland Honeyeater feeding on the flowers of Calothamnus quadrifidus (Myrtaceae) and another New Holland Honeyeater feeding from the flowers of Hakea corymbosa (Proteaceae).
This is really a great and unique book written by an amateur who has a great love for this subject. It is a pity that the book seems to have gone out of print despite several printings. Perhaps this reflects the general lack of interested in wildlife by people of the new generation who no longer have any time for gardening or are now restricted to properties where they cannot develop extensive native gardens because of fire restrictions.
A short bibliography and index are provide at the end of the book. Highly recommenced if you can obtain a copy and you still have birds in your area which may be attracted to your native garden (if you are able to have one!).
Dr Trevor J. Hawkeswood
Author: Beetles of Australia (1987), Spiders of Australia (2003), Light and Dark (2013).
The feeding guide is garden and plant focused (rather than the typical hanging birdfeeder type focus) with the idea of using native plantings to attract and feed birds. Purchased seed options are rarely mentioned.
As organized and helpful as the individual page layouts are, the overall organization of the book is lacking. The reader is forced to browse through all 64 birds in the directory section to find what is being sought since the birds are not listed in any particular order. The book's lack of regional focus is also limiting and reduces the number of relevant entries to about 30 if you live in New Jersey, for example.
The final section of the book is a plant directory which is organized alphabetically by scientific name. The section includes photos and general cultural guidelines for plants that will shelter and feed the birds previously discussed. A list of "Birds Attracted" within the individual plant descriptions is a nice cross-reference with the bird directory section.
The dichotomy of the book should not put you off - it is clearly written and useful despite its overall lack of organization. There is no doubt it is valuable for creating a native, bird-friendly garden.
One pleasant surprise was how easy it was change my boring backyard in an older suburb into a haven for many species of birds. A lot of the plants mentioned in the book were already there, including some I had planned to remove until I read this book. I gradually added many more bird-friendly plants, including a prairie garden which finches seem to love. The result was almost magical-the more things I planted, the more birds showed up! Another bonus was that if you have enough plants that birds like, you can get rid of conventional bird feeders-just give them a natural supply of food, and a birdbath or other water source, and you will be amazed at how many bird species you will see-all in your own back (or front) yard!
Birdscaping Your Garden by George Adams is published by Rodale Press in Pennsylvania. It thoroughly covers birdscaping your garden in the USA. It is a fine book with comprehensive coverage of the topic.