Backyard Birding

You may go to the ends of the earth to watch birds.

Or you can watch them in your own back yard.

Watching the birds who live in your space gives you a chance to learn about them with an intimacy and detail that the casual wanderer can hardly match.

And one of the best ways to study birds up close is to win their confidence by getting them to eat out of your hand.

Here is a wonderful book about how to hand feed the birds in your own back yard.

  Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds
A Step-By-Step Guide

Hand-feeding BirdsBy Hugh Wiberg. Storey Books (September, 1999). 160 pages. Paperback. Dimensions in inches: .54 X 10 X 7. Regular price: $19.95 (Much less if you order it here, through Amazon Books.)

From the Back Cover
Have backyard birds eating from the palm of your hand!

"I remember the first time I watched a Black-capped Chickadee fly down from a tree and perch on someone's hand," writes author and bird lover Hugh Wiberg. "Although this happened more than 20 years ago, it was a special moment that will stay with me forever."

Before long, Wiberg was enticing birds to his own hand, and he's been hand-feeding birds in his backyard and in sanctuaries ever since. Now he describes the thrills and rewards of hand-feeding and explains how you can enjoy this exciting activity, too. Soon Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmice, and others will recognize you as their friend and eagerly visit your hand for a snack.

Featuring more than 80 color photos and simple instructions, Hand-Feeding Backyard Birds shares Wiberg's secrets for success. He lists the birds most likely to hand-feed, their favorite foods, and the best times, places, and weather conditions for hand-feeding. In addition, you'll learn how to take amazing close-up photos of birds of the hand.

About the Author

Hugh Wiberg is a freelance writer on birding and gardening topics. A retired marketing manager, Wiberg is president of the New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Association and the author of Backyard Vegetable Gardening for the Beginner. He lives in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

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