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Birds at your feeder : a guide to feeding habits, behavior, distribution, and abundance
Dunn, Erica H.
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Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 418 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 21 cm
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In North America, between 30 and 40 million people purchase bird feed each year. Based on years of study and surveys, this book offers information on feedings habits of North American birds. Learn how a red-winged blackbird may not try a new food until it sees another try it first.

Author Notes

Erica H. Dunn is a research scientist for the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Diane L. Tessaglia-Hymes was research coordinator for Project FeederWatch for eight years and is now a graphic designer at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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Library Journal Review

This superb book is distinguished from the dozens of others on attracting birds by its analysis of data from thousands of people who feed birds across North America and participate in Project FeederWatch, a survey begun in 1987 by Dunn and managed by Cornell University and other institutions. For the 93 most widespread feeder species, the authors present several pages of excellent commentary plus two range maps and four bar graphs. For each bird, there is textual and graphic information on its abundance (both geographical and through the yearly calendar), food preferences, behavior, habits, a drawing of the bird, and more. There is also some detail on birds and mammals found less frequently at feeders plus discussions of misconceptions about the perceived risks of feeders: concerns about dependency, disease, predation, and window collisions. A wealth of information is easily accessible here thanks to this massive cooperative programÄa prime example of "citizen science." Highly recommended.ÄHenry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
A Profile of Bird Feedingp. 3
Feeder Clientelep. 7
Bird Feeders and Bird Populationsp. 13
Species Accounts: Introductionp. 18
Species Accounts:
Sharp-shinned Hawkp. 24
Cooper's Hawkp. 28
Ring-necked Pheasantp. 32
California Quailp. 36
Gambel's Quailp. 40
Rock Dovep. 44
Band-tailed Pigeonp. 48
Mourning Dovep. 52
Inca Dovep. 56
Ruby-throated Hummingbirdp. 60
Black-chinned Hummingbirdp. 64
Anna's Hummingbirdp. 68
Rufous Hummingbirdp. 72
Red-bellied Woodpeckerp. 76
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckerp. 80
Downy Woodpeckerp. 84
Hairy Woodpeckerp. 88
Northern Flickerp. 92
Pileated Woodpeckerp. 96
Gray Jayp. 100
Steller's Jayp. 104
Blue Jayp. 108
Western Scrub-Jayp. 112
Pinyon Jayp. 116
Black-billed Magpiep. 120
American Crowp. 124
Common Ravenp. 128
Carolina Chickadeep. 132
Black-capped Chickadeep. 136
Mountain Chickadeep. 140
Chestnut-backed Chickadeep. 144
Boreal Chickadeep. 148
Oak and Juniper Titmousep. 152
Tufted Titmousep. 156
Bushtitp. 160
Red-breasted Nuthatchp. 164
White-breasted Nuthatchp. 168
Pygmy Nuthatchp. 172
Brown-headed Nuthatchp. 176
Brown Creeperp. 180
Cactus Wrenp. 184
Carolina Wrenp. 188
Bewick's Wrenp. 192
Ruby-crowned Kingletp. 196
Eastern Bluebirdp. 200
Hermit Thrushp. 204
American Robinp. 208
Varied Thrushp. 212
Northern Mockingbirdp. 216
Brown Thrasherp. 220
Curve-billed Thrasherp. 224
European Starlingp. 228
Bohemian Waxwingp. 232
Cedar Waxwingp. 236
Yellow-rumped Warblerp. 240
Pine Warblerp. 244
Eastern and Spotted Towheep. 248
Canyon Towheep. 252
California Towheep. 256
American Tree Sparrowp. 260
Chipping Sparrowp. 264
Field Sparrowp. 268
Fox Sparrowp. 272
Song Sparrowp. 276
White-throated Sparrowp. 280
Harris's Sparrowp. 284
White-crowned Sparrowp. 288
Golden-crowned Sparrowp. 292
Dark-eyed Juncop. 296
Northern Cardinalp. 300
Pyrrhuloxiap. 304
Red-winged Blackbirdp. 308
Eastern Meadowlarkp. 312
Brewer's Blackbirdp. 316
Common Gracklep. 320
Great-tailed Gracklep. 324
Brown-headed Cowbirdp. 328
Gray-crowned, Black, and Brown-capped Rosy-Finchp. 332
Pine Grosbeakp. 336
Purple Finchp. 340
Cassin's Finchp. 344
House Finchp. 348
Common and Hoary Redpollp. 352
Pine Siskinp. 356
Lesser Goldfinchp. 360
American Goldfinchp. 364
Evening Grosbeakp. 368
House Sparrowp. 372
About Project FeederWatchp. 376
Project FeederWatch Data Editingp. 377
Literature Citedp. 378
Indexp. 409