...and all 'round the house,
the snow was a-fallin',
no sign of a mouse.
the birds were all feeding,
Let's play count-the-birds. How many do you see in the following three photos?
If you're a birdwatcher, you probably have several bird books that you keep near the windows just in case a stranger arrives that you've not seen before. Do you have a favorite identification guide that you use? My favorite so far is the Audubon guide, for its detailed photos, but the Petersen field guide is good for the descriptions it offers. What books do you recommend for bird-watching?
My first bird book I remember well--I was 19, living in my first house and we had many birds coming that I never had seen when I lived at my parents' home in town. Evening grosbeaks, flickers, purple finches were all a revelation to me. My brother Bill bought me a small identification guide as a gift, and I was hooked. The little book is still around, living these days at my son's house so they can identify the visitors to their feeder too. That's the best thing about books--they get passed around and around; probably the best recycling item on the planet.