National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

Book - 2011
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Essential for the millions of Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—whether experienced birders or new birding enthusiasts—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through. An indispensable visual index of all 150 species appears on the inside front and back laminated covers, making identification a snap.
Beginning with Backyard Basics, an easy-to-follow, richly illustrated presentation on observing and identifying birds—with tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes to entice nesting—the book is full of National Geographic’s iconic field guide images and maps.
Core species on everyone’s list—such as robins, woodpeckers, bluebirds and chickadees—are featured in two-page spreads including practical tips with additional imagery. Sidebars captivate with interesting and little known facts.

Baker & Taylor
Covers more than 150 species of North American birds and includes nearly 300 full-color photos, 150 range maps and 500 additional illustrations, as well as tips on feeding, birdhouses and creating bird-friendly backyard landscapes. Original.

Book News
Even inexperienced birders will be able to easily use this highly illustrated 5.5x8" guide. An illustrated color index allows readers to identify birds by color, and a visual index of bird species inside the fold-out covers allows readers to identify birds by shape, the two most obvious characteristics beginning birders will notice. One-page entries on 150 common species contain detailed color illustrations, territory maps, and notes on identification, range, food, and nesting. A space at the bottom of each entry allows readers to check off months of the year when sightings occur. Interspersed between the species entries are two-page spreads on the most common species, and side bars with information on natural history. An introduction offers tips for feeding birds and creating a bird-friendly yard, illustrated with color photos. A companion website contains recordings of birdsongs and an interactive identification guide. Alderfer and Hess are affiliated with the American Birding Association's magazine Birding. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

The only comprehensive guide of its kind, this book is for households interested in attracting and identifying birds in their own backyards. Chapters cover all aspects of birding in an easy, accessible way. Vivid illustrations of 150 common species make identification a snap. Tips on feeding, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes show how to attract birds to any environment for optimal viewing. Even children can get in on the action with a section devoted to kid-friendly projects and activities.
Covers more than 150 species of North American birds with range maps and illustrations of each species, along with advice on feeding, birdhouses, and creating bird-friendly backyard landscapes.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2011
ISBN: 9781426207204
Characteristics: 254 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hess, Paul 1940-


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Jul 02, 2015

Lovely drawings. I have a few different guides at home, but wasn't able to identify the little guy that keeps coming to my yard until I picked up this one.


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