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
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
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