January is a month for new beginnings when people take up new activities and hobbies. South Carolina’s abundant woodlands and fields, public parks and generous yards offer great opportunities for budding bird watchers. Whether you are a beginning or an experienced birder, you can find many resources at the Richland Library. Here are just a few of them.
Ellen B. Says:
A gentle, humorous introduction to bird watching. Simon Barnes shows you can begin bird watching without an expensive pair of binoculars or a fanatical commitment to a lifetime checklist and still enjoy the thrill of spotting birds at home and afar.
Amazon Amazon Says:
Look out the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a bad birdwatcher. Inthis refreshingly irreverent introduction to the subject, Simon Barnes makes more...
Look out the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a bad birdwatcher. Inthis refreshingly irreverent introduction to the subject, Simon Barnes makes birdwatching simple—and above all, enjoyable. Anyone who has ever looked up at the sky or gazed out the window knows a thing or two about birds. Who doesn’t know the brisk purpose of a sparrow, the airy insouciance of the seagull, the dramatic power of the hawk? Birds are beautiful, you can encounter them anywhere, and they embody one of the primal human aspirations: flight. Birdwatching starts, simply, with a habit of looking. You let birds into your life a little at a time. You remember bird names as you would the names of people you’ve enjoyed meeting. And if you share your looking and listening with other people, so much the better. Birdwatching might even help you get along with the father who never approved of anything you did—as it did for Barnes. As Barnes shares his relaxed principles of birdwatching, he also shows us the power of place: the elation of spotting kingfishers in Kashmir, hawks over the Great Lakes, or the birds closest to home. And he shows how, no matter where you live, birds can connect you to the greater glory of life. Funny, enthusiastic, and inspiring, How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher demonstrates why you don’t have to have fancy binoculars or lifetime checklists to discover a new world. So, begin the habit of looking. See that bird . . . Enjoy it! less...
Ellen B. Says:
Philip E. Keenan has been bird watching for more than sixty years. Here he shares his passion and knowledge in a survey of his experiences from Alabama to Quebec to Arizona and all points between. The book is beautifully illustrated with both photographs and paintings.
Amazon Amazon Says:
From the author of the award-winning Wild Orchids Across North America comes an informative, beautiful-and at times poetic-summary of one man's life as a birder. Journeying fr more...
From the author of the award-winning Wild Orchids Across North America comes an informative, beautiful-and at times poetic-summary of one man's life as a birder. Journeying from the swamps of Alabama to the icy waters of Québec's Gaspé Peninsula, from the sky islands of Arizona to the birdfeeder in his New Hampshire backyard, Keenan describes the remarkable pageantry of North American birdlife. More than a mere journal or travelogue, however, Keenan's book offers the incisive observations of a passionate naturalist for whom no question pertaining to birds is insignificant or irrelevant. With more than 100 color illustrations, it is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the mind. less...
- Carolina Bird Club
The Carolina Bird Club provides bird lists and other helpful information for both South and North Carolina.
Billed as the number one birding site, Birdziller is chock full of information for both the new and experience birder.
- Peterson's Birds app
You can purchase the Peterson Birds app for the iPhone and the iPad from iTunes.