This site is all about birds. You can
find tips and information on identifying
birds. You can learn about their habitats, parts and anatomies, what they eat and
Find tips and advice on bird
watching and attracting them to your yard. With food, water, birdhouses, feeders
and landscaping you can attract many different kinds of birds
to your yard.
Why I created a website
As a boy growing up in Missoula Montana I was captivated by
the ever-changing variety of colorful birds visiting our
yard. We associated spring with robins
hopping around our lawn searching for worms. I can remember
the first time I saw a mud and weed nest with the light blue
Robin eggs in it. It was
around this time that I saw a hummingbird fly to its nest.
A tiny lichens covered nest, with two small white eggs in it.
I was fascinated, and although I did not know it, I became a
Other visitors were waxwings, sparrows, House
finches, Downy woodpeckers, starlings,
and several kinds of hummingbirds.
There were many more but these are the ones that stick in my
mind. I learned to recognize many by their musical songs and calls and even their shapes and silhouettes.
We would get huge flocks of Evening
Grosbeaks that would feed on the berry trees in our
yard. They seem to especially like the Mountain Ash
berries. My parents still have the yard. I notice now that
the kinds of birds coming have changed. It has been a long
time since I have seen flocks of grosbeaks there, but there are many
other birds such as flickers and
finches that have taken their place.
In the evening we could watch Swallows and Bats zooming
through the sky catching insects.
We had many different trees in our yard and there was always
a chorus of sound and color from the many different birds.
Out of the hundreds of different birds, I
have chosen some of my favorites
and created pages about them. I will add
more pages over time.
You can start anywhere but Bird Watching Tips is as good as
Sources for content and pictures
Most if not all information on this site is
common scientific knowledge. Much of the written
content is from my own experience as a bird watcher, however I
spent many hours at public libraries. Another
valuable resource is on the internet. This is the Open
Content Alliance. The (OAC) is a group of organization
that work together to make thousands of books and other
materials searchable and accessible online. Much but not
all of their material is public domain. I tried hard not to use any copyrighted material
Most of the pictures used are mine
however some pictures were public domain. If a photo was
not taken by me, and I have the
photographers name and other information, credit is given
with the image. If you find something of yours on this site
that you would like removed please let me know. Below is a
partial list of sources I consulted.
Newer versions of many of the books below
are in print. You can find most of them in the Bird books
of Amazon at low prices.
The Birds of North America. BNA
is an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman 1996.
The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of
North American Birds by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin,
Darryl Wheye 1988.
National Geographic Field Guide To The Birds Of North America,
Jon L. Dunn 2006.
The SIBLEY Guide to Birds, written and illustrated by David Allen
Raptors of North America, Noel Snyder and Helen
Birds of America by John James Audubon 1967.
Birds of America , T. Gilbert Pearson editor 1936.
Handbook of North American Birds. Edited by Ralph S.
Palmer, 5 volumes.
National Geographic Complete Birds Of North America: by Jonathan
The Audubon Society Encyclopedia Of North American Birds:
John K. Terres 1980.
Life Histories of North American Birds: Edited by Arthur
Bent Cleveland. 21 volumes published from 1919 to
Birds of North America, published by the American Ornithologists'
A Field Guide to Western Birds by Roger Tory Peterson 1961.
A Field Guide to the Birds: A guide to all the birds of
eastern and central North America by Roger Tory Peterson
Bird Sounds and Their Meanings by Rosemary Jellis 1984
Favorite Backyard Birds by Kit and George Harrison 1983
All the Birds of North America by Jack L Griggs 1997
Nests Eggs and Nestlings of North American Birds by Paul J. Baicich
and Colin J.o. Harrison 2005
Field Guide to Western Birds 1961 by Tory Peterson
Birding Around the World by Aileen Lotz 1987
Birds of North America by Fred J. Alsop , Smithsonian handbooks
Birds of North America by Kenn Kaufman 2000
Bird Brains by Candace Savage 1997.
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
From Open Content Alliance:
The OCA is an effort by nonprofit, and
governmental organizations from around the world, to build a
permanent digital archive for universal use.
Bird Friends by Gilbert H. Trafton, 1916.
Bird-life; a guide to the study of our common birds, Frank Chapman
Bird neighbors Blanchan, Neltje 1922.
Birds of Village and Field: A Bird Book for Beginners Florence
Merriam Bailey 1898.
Handbook of Birds of the Western United States Florence M Bailey
Again I tried not to use copyrighted material without
permission. If you find something of yours on this site
that you would like removed please let me know.