Birdwatcher's Daily Companion

Book description

Birdwatcher's Daily Companion is a fun, sophisticated way to embrace your love of bird watching every day of the year! Gain insight into identifying look-alike species, planting a hummingbird garden, planning birding travel and more.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. How to Use This Book
  7. A Birdwatcher’s Year
    1. Find the Habitat, Find the Birds
    2. Wading Birds: Great Blue Heron ( Ardea herodias )
    3. South America: Manu National Park, Peru
    4. The True Importance of Bird Feeding
    5. The Raven: Symbol of Life and Death
    6. Top Annuals for Birds
    7. Life in the Edge
    8. Raptors: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
    9. South America: Abra Patricia – Alto Nieva Private Conservation Area, Peru
    10. Watching for a Quick Getaway
    11. The History of Bird Protection and Conservation I: The Early Years
    12. Grow Your Own Seeds
    13. Gaining Binocular Speed
    14. Raptors: Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
    15. South America: Pantanal—Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay
    16. The Range of Feeding Possibilities
    17. Mythical Birds: Thunderbird
    18. Neat Hedges Are Good for Birds
    19. Reading the Beak
    20. Raptors: Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
    21. South America: Manaus, Brazil
    22. The All-Important Choice of Seed
    23. Pale Male, New York City’s Avian Superstar
    24. Designer Birds for Everyone
    25. Benefits of Joining a Bird Club
    26. Shorebirds and Relatives: Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
    27. South America: Los Llanos, Venezuela and Colombia
    28. Seed Choice Guide
    29. Vultures in Parsee and Tibetan Buddhist Burial Rituals
    30. Top Perennials for Birds
    31. Follow the Thunder
    32. Songbirds: Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    33. South America: Santa Marta, Colombia
    34. Zapped Bird Food
    35. The Eagle in Myth, in Legend, and as Symbol
    36. Stage Right: Bird Enters
    37. Bird Tracking for Beginners
    38. Nightjars: Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)
    39. South America: Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
    40. Feeling Gritty
    41. Bird Sayings, Part I: Skylarks, Loons, and Catbirds, Oh My!
    42. The Good, the Bad, and the Natural
    43. Lose Focus to Gain Perspective
    44. Owls: Little Owl (Athene noctua)
    45. North America: Texas Coastal Bend, United States
    46. What Makes a Habitat?
    47. Cultural Uses of Bird Feathers
    48. A Sweetener by Any Other Name...
    49. Nests in Winter
    50. Swifts: Alpine Swift (Apus melba)
    51. North America: Florida, United States
    52. Uninvited Guests
    53. Falconry
    54. Sounds Like a Plan
    55. Clues from Nest Building
    56. Game Birds: Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii)
    57. North America: Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada
    58. Successful Invaders
    59. Mythical Birds: Phoenix
    60. On the Bluebird Trail
    61. Nesting Sites: Keep the Pressure Off
    62. Raptors: Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
    63. North America: Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada
    64. Niger (or Nyjer): A Worthwhile Investment
    65. The History of Bird Protection and Conservation II: Dust Bowl to Duck Bowl
    66. Soda Bottle Goldfinch Feeder
    67. Winged Creatures of the Night
    68. Kingfishers and Relatives: Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
    69. North America: Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
    70. Starlings Be Gone
    71. Swallows, the Harbingers of Spring
    72. Homemade Bird “Doughnuts”
    73. Birds of Salt Marshes and Mud Flats
    74. Shorebirds and Relatives: Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
    75. North America: Cape May, New Jersey, United States
    76. Can Spring Be Right around the Corner?
    77. Evolution of Birds I: Archaeopteryx, from Lizard to Bird
    78. Making Your Own Mini Pond
    79. New Hummingbird Opportunities
    80. Shorebirds and Relatives: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
    81. North America: Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada
    82. Was That a White Crow?
    83. The Story of Eagle and Falcon
    84. Accepting Squirrels
    85. Avoid Triggering Threat Avoidance
    86. Shorebirds and Relatives: Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
    87. North America: Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States
    88. Journaling for Insight and Memory
    89. Mythical Birds: The Roc
    90. Toys for Jays and Crows
    91. Birds by Habitat: Coastal Habitats
    92. Rails: Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
    93. North America: Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines, Alaska, United States
    94. The Question of Feeding Year-Round
    95. The History of Birdwatching
    96. Doing Our Part
    97. Birdwatching from Your Vehicle
    98. Raptors: Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
    99. North America: Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, United States
    100. A More Advanced Brush Pile Design
    101. Mythical Birds: The Halcyon Bird
    102. For Hummers, Match Their Natural Food
    103. Part of the Crowd
    104. Wading Birds: Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
    105. North America: Southwestern Idaho, United States
    106. Crash-Test Birdies
    107. Pioneers in Bird Conservation: Roger Tory Peterson
    108. Objects in Window May Be More Solid Than They Appear
    109. Electronic Call of the Wild
    110. Cormorants: Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
    111. North America: Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States
    112. Little Orphan Birdie?
    113. The Survival of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
    114. Any Color Is Fine, So Long As It's Red
    115. Respect Your Elders
    116. Pelicans: American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
    117. North America: Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico
    118. Growing Our Own Birdhouses
    119. Extinction in Birds
    120. Gathering Free Insect Food
    121. Birding Friends, Real and Otherwise
    122. Tube-Nosed Seabirds: European Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus)
    123. Central America: Tikal National Park, Guatemala
    124. Grassy Wonders
    125. Ancient Egyptians and Birds
    126. A Backyard Whodunit
    127. Private Property Rights and the Birdwatcher
    128. Grebes: Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
    129. Central America: Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
    130. Trumpet Is a Hummer’s Favorite Shape
    131. Bird Sayings, Part III: Chickens Get a Bad Rap
    132. Timing Your Nestbox Cleaning
    133. Here, Little Birdie, Birdie
    134. Loons: Yellow-Billed Loon (Gavia adamsii)
    135. Islands: Hawaiian Islands
    136. But Not a Drop to Drink?
    137. Evolution of Birds II: Terror Birds
    138. Suet: Food of Champions
    139. Shhhhhhhh!!!
    140. Ducks, Geese, and Swans: Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
    141. Islands: The Bahamas
    142. Too Big, Too Small, and Just Right
    143. The History of Bird Protection and Conservation III: Silent Spring
    144. An Easy Craft Project for Birders
    145. Birdwatching as “the Hunt”
    146. Ducks, Geese, and Swans: King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
    147. Islands: Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
    148. Not Too Deep
    149. Mythical Birds: Turul, the Progenitor of Hungary
    150. A Bucket List for Wrens
    151. Listen for the Tattletale
    152. Ducks, Geese, and Swans: Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
    153. Islands: Trinidad
    154. Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Birds
    155. Doves, the Birds of Peace
    156. Speak into the Microphone
    157. The “Ideal” Birdwatching Plan
    158. Ducks, Geese, and Swans: Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
    159. Islands: Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand
    160. Up Close and Personal
    161. The Eagle and the Turkey
    162. Better Birdhouses
    163. Don't Overlook the Common Places
    164. Shorebirds and Relatives: Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
    165. Islands: Papua New Guinea
    166. Killer Cats
    167. Storks as Baby Bringers
    168. Photographing Personality
    169. Where Did She Hide Her Eggs?
    170. Songbirds: Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
    171. Islands: New Caledonia
    172. Kitchen Scraps for Birds
    173. Bird Artists: John James Audubon
    174. Giving Your Backyard Birds the Test
    175. Birds of the Shore
    176. Songbirds: Northern Mockingbird (Minus polyglottos)
    177. Islands: Sulawesi, Indonesia
    178. An Attempt at Squirrel Proofing
    179. Mythical Birds: Stymphalian Birds
    180. Recycled Mini Ponds
    181. Fall Flocks
    182. Songbirds: Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)
    183. Islands: Spiny Forest, Madagascar
    184. Winter Roosting Box
    185. The Owl’s Many Faces
    186. Trailcams: Eyes on the Ground, Other Than Your Own
    187. Understanding Your Binoculars
    188. Songbirds: Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
    189. Islands: Andasibe-Mantadida National Park, Madagascar
    190. Knitting Nests
    191. The Birdman Cult of Rapa-Nui
    192. Personal Narrative: Trail Cameras at Home
    193. Getting the Bird-Finding Edge
    194. Songbirds: Great Tit (Parus major)
    195. Europe: Falsterbo, Sweden
    196. Acorns Aplenty
    197. Rubber Duckies in the World’s Bathtub
    198. Apples as Bird Food
    199. Finding Raptor Migration
    200. Songbirds: Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
    201. Europe: Wadden Sea—The Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark
    202. How Important Are We?
    203. Bird-People in Greek Mythology
    204. Bacon Fat as Suet
    205. Making Your Own Blind
    206. Songbirds: ‘Alalä, or Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis)
    207. Europe: Doñana National Park, Andalusia, Spain
    208. Bird Cookies
    209. Bird Sayings, Part II: Goose Lore
    210. Walking on Eggshells
    211. Rookeries for Mass Sightings
    212. Songbirds: Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
    213. Europe: Monfragüe Natural Park, Extremadura, Spain
    214. Beautiful Brambles
    215. Evolution of Birds III: Elephant Birds
    216. Making a Feeder Tray
    217. Call of the Owls
    218. Songbirds: Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)
    219. Europe: Danube Delta, Romania and Ukraine
    220. Storing Seed
    221. Mythical Birds: Caladrius
    222. Hanging Branch Feeder
    223. Types of Bird Tracks
    224. Songbirds: Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
    225. Africa: Caprivi Strip, Namibia
    226. A Citrus Feeder
    227. Carrier Pigeons
    228. A Nest Box from a Log
    229. Commuter Birding
    230. Songbirds: Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
    231. Africa: Kruger National Park, South Africa
    232. Compost As Feeder
    233. Bird Artists: Louis Agassiz Fuertes
    234. Playing in the Mud
    235. The Early Birder Gets the Sighting
    236. Songbirds: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
    237. Africa: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
    238. Creating a Dust Bath
    239. Mythical Bird-People in Ancient Traditions
    240. Slugging It Out
    241. Owl Indicators
    242. Ratites: Southern Cassowary, a.k.a. Double-Wattled Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)
    243. Africa: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
    244. Hand-Taming Birds
    245. The Magic of the Wryneck
    246. Quick Feeding Tips for Common Birds
    247. Quick on the Draw
    248. Songbirds: Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
    249. Asia: Eilat, Israel
    250. Cleaning Out the Pantry
    251. Some Common Modern Bird Myths
    252. A Dash of Salt
    253. Sneaking Up on Birds
    254. Hummingbirds: Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope)
    255. Asia: Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan, India
    256. Wading Birds and Mini Ponds
    257. Cuckoo, the Lustful Bird
    258. A Decoration for the Birds
    259. Gobble Up the Evidence
    260. Cuckoos and Relatives: Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
    261. Asia: Goa, India
    262. Choosing a Field Guide
    263. Evolution of Birds IV: Teratorns
    264. Repurposing Fall Gourds
    265. Birds by Habitat: Forest
    266. Kingfishers and Relatives: Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
    267. Asia: Limithang Road, Thrumsing La National Park, Bhutan
    268. Where Did All That Seed Go?
    269. The History of Bird Protection and Conservation IV: The Spotted Owl Debate
    270. Citizen Science
    271. Birds by Habitat: Grasslands
    272. Woodpeckers and Relatives: Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
    273. Asia: Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
    274. Trash into Treasure
    275. Geese in Mythology
    276. Recycled Mesh
    277. Birds by Habitat: Waters and Wetlands
    278. Songbirds: Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
    279. Asia: Woolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China
    280. Feeding beyond Winter
    281. Mythical Birds: Chickcharney
    282. Maple-cicles, Yum
    283. Invasion of Privacy
    284. Songbirds: Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
    285. Asia: Mai Po Marshes, Hong Kong, China
    286. Microclimates in Action
    287. Birds of Prey in Myth and Culture
    288. Corn Times Two
    289. Behavior: Getting Around on Foot
    290. Songbirds: Black-Throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta colliei)
    291. Asia: Arasaki District, Izumi City, Japan
    292. Tempting Bluebirds
    293. Mythical Birds: Alerion, or Martlet
    294. Insects on the Menu
    295. Behavior: Perching Birds
    296. Songbirds: Wood-Warblers
    297. Asia: Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia
    298. Yule Log for Birds
    299. Bird Sayings, Part IV: Ducks
    300. A Clean Birdbath Is a Healthy Birdbath
    301. Behavior: Birds in Flight
    302. Songbirds: Sparrows
    303. Australia: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
    304. In a Family Way
    305. Evolution of Birds V: Australia’s Mihirungs
    306. A Rockin’ Birdbath
    307. Putting All the Pieces Together
    308. Woodpeckers
    309. Australia: Wet Tropics of Queensland
    310. Looking Back, Looking Ahead
    311. Extinction in Birds II
    312. Extending Holiday Cheer
    313. Bird Songs
  8. Resources
  9. Index
  10. Photographer Credits
  11. About the Authors
  12. Copyright Page

Product information

  • Title: Birdwatcher's Daily Companion
  • Author(s): Tom Warhol, Marcus Schneck
  • Release date: October 2010
  • Publisher(s): Quarry Books
  • ISBN: 9781610593991