The following is a review of Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds by Randi Minetor [Photography by Nic Minetor].
Backyard Birding is a helpful book to guide you from making costly mistakes when planning your bird-friendly yard. In it you will find all sorts of wonderful information on which feed and feeders to use and what birds are attracted to what.
There are whole chapters on utilizing water features to attract birds as well as different nesting boxes, nesting material, and nesting behaviors.
We enjoyed the chapter on building a bird garden with native plants as it showcases various flowers, trees, and shrubs to use to best attract a variety of birds. Each geographical region of the country is covered although we wish a few more plants were included.
Chapters on bird identification as well as top 24 nationwide, top 24 eastern, and top 24 western bird species help give newer backyard birders an idea of what birds to look for and what to look for when trying to identify birds.
The ever popular hummingbirds are awarded their own chapter which includes how to attract them with flowers.
The book finishes with a chapter on uninvited backyard guests and how to deal with them.
Overall, Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds provides a nice overview of how to get started making a bird garden and what you can expect when you start attracting birds (and other guests) to your yard.
We do wish the book had a chapter on creating a bird landscape for a bigger scale for those with overly large backyards or even acres to work with.
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