Fine Feathered Knowledge (Favorite Bird Books)

Winter can be a time when we don’t get out nearly as much as we would like. We can use this time to build our knowledge of birds and birding. As I always tell my kids, reading is knowledge. Here are a few of my favorite sources for increasing your bird knowledge.

1) The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior by David Allen Sibley.

An absolutely fantastic source of detailed information about birds.

2) The Birder’s Handbook by Paul Erhlich et. all

My favorite source for quick information about birds. It is filled with great essays as well.

3) Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley

Do you want to know what this birding hobby is all about? This is your book.

4) Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman

A sixteen year old’s quest to set a big year record. You’ll gain a true appreciation for dedicated birders and the birding community.

5) The Grail Bird by Tim Gallagher

If the Ivory-billed Woodpecker interests you at all, this is a must read.

The number of books to choose from are really quite extensive, these just happen to be a few of my favorites. The next cold, icy day that keeps you from going out, grab a book and expand you bird knowledge.

By Mark McKellar

Fall 2006