From the Back Cover
From urban container gardens to sprawling backyards—understanding and creating your own birding paradise
You see them every day, whether they are flashing through your yard, perching on a limb, or gathering in a puddle. They already share your neighborhood with you, but before you know it, they fly on in search of a hearty meal or a more suitable watering hole. That’s because you—even if you are already one of America’s more than 68 million birders—haven’t yet taken the steps needed to make birds linger in your garden. This unique and user-friendly guide shows you how.
With 250 vibrant full-color photos and concise, informative text, Backyard Birding helps you maximize your home birding experiences and attract a wider variety of birds. It helps you make the right choices the first time—and avoid costly mistakes.
Learn how to:
• Attract particular species by choosing the right foods, plants, trees, water sources, and nesting
• Create a garden, region by region, that will be an oasis for birds
• Instantly recognize, and attract, those birds you are most likely to see—including the top birds found
nationally as well as in Eastern and Western locations
• Identify birds by field marks, plumage, and more
• Make your yard the hummingbird capital of the neighborhood
• Fend off predators and other uninvited backyard guests
About the Author
Randi Minetor has a North American life list of nearly 500 species and has contributed to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Her twenty-five books include seventeen for Globe Pequot Press that range from guides to America’s national parks to Best Easy Day Hikes guides (all FalconGuides). Her husband, Nic Minetor, has provided photography for more than a dozen Globe Pequot Press books.