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Hand-feeding backyard birds : a step-by-step guide
Wiberg, Hugh, 1933-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Powna, Vt. : Storey Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 145 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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QL676.5 .W45 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Anyone can learn to feed wild birds from his or her hand! Wilberg reveals the best foods, weather conditions, and time of year and day to hand-feed birds.

Author Notes

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. He lives in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Is Hand-Feeding Intrusive?p. 3
Birds That Will Hand-Feedp. 7
When and What to Hand-Feed Birdsp. 15
Summer Is Rearing-Time for Birdsp. 16
Summer Is Busy-Time for Human Beingsp. 17
Availability of Foodp. 17
Weather Conditionsp. 17
Best Foodsp. 20
How to Hand-Feed Birdsp. 25
Hand-Feeding at the Backyard Feederp. 26
Hand-Feeding in the Woods or Sanctuariesp. 30
Black-capped Chickadeep. 37
A Man Named "Bob"p. 39
The Inimitable Chickadeep. 40
"Stub Tail"p. 46
"Limper"p. 47
"White Spot"p. 47
"Clubfoot"p. 47
"Peg Leg"p. 48
A Most Unusual Discoveryp. 50
Tufted Titmousep. 55
Description and Life Cyclep. 56
A Surprise Encounterp. 57
A Timouse Testp. 59
Success!p. 64
White-breasted Nuthatchp. 67
The Wary White-breastp. 69
An Inking of Interestp. 71
Hope Springs Eternalp. 71
Success!p. 72
"Black Bart"p. 74
An End and a Beginningp. 77
Red-breasted Nuthatchp. 79
Description and Life Cyclep. 80
The Feeding Frenzy: A Surprising First Encounterp. 82
A One-Time Wonder?p. 84
A Sense of Friendshipp. 85
Two Ways to "Land" a Red-breastp. 86
Other Speciesp. 89
Blue Jayp. 90
Downy Woodpeckerp. 93
Northern Cardinalp. 96
White-throated Sparrowp. 100
Scrub Jayp. 101
Boat-tailed Gracklep. 102
Gray Jayp. 103
Clark's Nutcrackerp. 105
Miscellaneousp. 106
Photographing Birds on the Handp. 109
Decisions, Decisions: Wise Camera and Film Choicesp. 114
A Closing Thoughtp. 119
Appendix A. Winter Protectionp. 120
Habitat Requirementsp. 121
Appendix B. Who Eats What?p. 123
Appendix C. Precautionsp. 126
Lyme Diseasep. 126
Poison Ivyp. 128
Appendix D. Learning to Look at Birdsp. 130
Appendix E. Field Notesp. 131
Appendix F. Life List of Birds Hand-Fedp. 143
Indexp. 144