- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Ortho Books (May 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897210115
- ISBN-13: 978-0897210119
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Attract Birds Paperback – May, 1983
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Or in the case of our old house in Detroit, the squirrel feeder on the fence attracted the rats from our neighbor's woodpile, and the squirrels very wisely stuck to the bird feeders.
Any self-respecting book on attracting birds also has to include information on how to discourage unwanted seed hustlers such as squirrels, chipmunks, starlings, and (in the case of our new home), raccoons, and bears. Authors John Dennis and Michael McKinley do their best in Ortho's "How to Attract Birds," but they tend to emphasize the positive (attracting favorite birds) rather than the negative (discouraging unwanted visitors).
This 96-page book is divided up into sections on "Birds in the Wild," "Planting for Birds," "Providing Food," "Providing Water," "Providing Housing," and "Attracting Your Favorite Birds." The text is an easy read, and there are lots of color photos and diagrams.
Be sure to read the inset on page 53, "Protecting Your Guests." There are types of feed that shouldn't be used in the summer, e.g. peanuts and coconut because they can't be digested by nestlings of certain species. You also might want to avoid certain ornamental plants with berries that ferment, intoxicating their feathered diners and causing them to fly "into houses or into oncoming traffic."
Overall "How to Attract Birds" is a very useful book, even though it doesn't satisfy my quest to build an effective squirrel-proof feeder.