Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Joy of Birding Book Review and Giveaway

Hey Neighbors!

It is simply gorgeous out today in Chicago. The bad news is that I can't enjoy it. As you may have noticed I did not post at all Saturday and now I am posting from bed. I pinched a nerve in my back and I am trying to stay off my feet. Not easy to do!


So while I am reclining in my bed I thought I would enjoy a book and do a post. The book is The Joy of Birding A Beginners Guide by Kate Rowinski. In some of my previous posts I included pictures of the birds that are showing up at our bird feeders. The whole family enjoys watching them, but my 14 year old daughter really loves birds. She has taken hundreds, literally hundreds of pictures of the birds in our yard. Good thing it is a digital camera. I would hate to be paying for developing all her pictures. Anyway, this is a great book for us as we start our birdwatching ventures.

The introduction asks if you are a birder or a bird-watcher. I would say I am a bird-watcher, but my daughter will most likely become a birder. She will continue to learn more about types of birds, why they are drawn to different areas of the country, sounds birds make, what they eat etc. It is books like this that will help her. This book covers subjects like that. There are beautiful color pictures throughout the entire book. We even recognized a few we have seen in our yard. The book takes the time to describe different nesting habits, molting and recognizing birds by their profile or different calls. I really found this most interesting.

There is a section on 25 backyard birds you should know. Here I have to confess I knew some, but not even close to all of them!

One of my favorite chapters was on Backyard Bird Feeding since we are working on having feeders out on a regular basis now. This section covers different types of feeders, what types of feed attracts certain birds, where to place the feeders and so much more. I am going to be using some of the information in here to discourage squirrels! The next chapter covers different recipes and blends.



The Joy of Birding includes a section on Your Backyard Sanctuary. I will be using some ideas from this section also. Things like having plants and bushes that provide shelter, nesting options, and water supply, all important for attracting birds.

And of course I have to mention sharing the birding experience with your children. Starting young and encouraging them to help in the care and feeding. Teaching them to listen to and identify the bird calls and songs. Below are some of the birds we have had visit this year.






I would definitely recommend this book to my neighbors who are interested in birds. The Joy of Birding retails for $14.95. You can purchase the book through the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing. What a great way to Get Out and Get Active with your family! Introduce them to birds.

3 At the Fence readers will win a copy of this book.

Mandatory Entry:Leave a comment here telling me if you are a bird watcher or a birder. Or leave a comment about how you attract birds to your yard. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 6/7 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA Only)

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6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

7. Leave a comment naming either your favorite bird or a bird you have seen in your yard this year. 1 entry

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received The Joy Of Birding for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Joy of Birding website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

42 comments:

ape2016 said...

I like to watch birds, but I wouldn't say I was a birder. I would like for my children and I to learn more about the birds I see, though.

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ape2016 said...

My favorite bird to see in my yard are the cardinals. They are so pretty.

Anonymous said...

My family has bird feeders and a water bath the birds really like it. My email is billysundayfan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

My favorite bird is the bluebird.

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tanya904 said...

I use Suit cakes to attract birds to my back yard
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tanya904 said...

I have seen lots of cardinals in my yard this year
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Kimberly said...

I don't think I am a birder yet, but the birds in our yard are so much fun to watch.
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Kimberly said...

I love the Blue Jays and Crows I feed
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Niecey said...

We've recently become obsessed with hummingbirds after watching a live webcam of a nest. We've planted 2 honeysuckle and a variety of other trumpet flowering plants and hung hummingbird feeders and so far we've seen one hummer in our yard! It was a fleeting visit but so satisfying and exciting. Great education for the kids and I'm really enjoying it too.
We also have 2 bird feeders which we keep filled with mixed seed for various other birds which visit our yard, and we're learning tons about them.
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Niecey said...

My favorite bird is the hummingbird, which we've seen in our yard. I also have seen red cardinal, lots of robins and blackbirds, finches, we've heard and owl and believe it or not we've also seen a pheasant in our yard recently!

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Jessica said...

I am not a bird watcher, but my girls are obsessed with figuring out the types of birds in our yard. They would love to sit with this book and figure out what birds we have and learn all about birds.

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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Jessica said...

We are lucky to have a family of Robins nesting in our yard this year. My girls get the unique experience of watching the babies grow up. They are just loving it!

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RaettigFamily said...

I'm neither but want to win this for my mom who is a birder :)

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