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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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Ellen B. Says: If you have you traveling shoes on and are ready to travel to new locales, this book will provide you nearby airport locations, contacts for parks and sanctuaries, tours and educational opportunities at those sites, and bird watcher-friendly camps and lodgings.
Amazon Says: "A guide to bed and breakfasts that cater specifically to birders!" more...
Amazon Says: "A guide to bed and breakfasts that cater specifically to birders!" less...
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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 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...
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 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...
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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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