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Bird Watching

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.


How to Be a Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes
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 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 mak more...
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 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...
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Ellen B. Says: If backyard bird watching is your favorite venue, this book will help you bring more varieties to your door by helping you make your yard a bird’s paradise.
Amazon Says: Turning your garden into a sanctuary for birds, as well as for you, doesn't need to be complicated. This book is a primer on each aspect of the process, from planning and plan more...
Amazon Says: Turning your garden into a sanctuary for birds, as well as for you, doesn't need to be complicated. This book is a primer on each aspect of the process, from planning and planting your "birdscape" to feeding and housing the birds that visit it. This book introduces you to the basics of bird identification -- and provides detailed profiles of many birds you're likely to see in your yard. Large color pictures and easy to follow step by step plans included. less...
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  • Carolina Bird Club
    The Carolina Bird Club provides bird lists and other helpful information for both South and North Carolina.
  • Birdziller
    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.
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