It’s been thirty years since I did my thesis on the mating habits of the Eastern Bluebird.
Just kidding, I never wrote a thesis in my life.
Nor did I study the Eastern Bluebird!
If I had to though I know I could with the help of The Sibley Guide To Birds!
Spring is on its way and I’m ready to enjoy some bird spotting this year.
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The Sibley Guide To Birds Second Edition:
David Allen Sibley has put together more than just a field guide on how to spot wild birds.
This book can be used by anyone.
From the novice to the expert.
If you love birds and want to know more about them, and how and where to spot them, this is the book for you.
After writing my article on protecting wild birds in the winter I turned my sights to Spring.
I was inspired and motivated to get my bird bath out of the shed and set up.
Put rocks of different sizes around the inside of the bath so smaller birds, bees, and insects can also have access to fresh water.
As I stated in a previous book review article, I mentioned that I do love learning from the books that I read.
Learning more about wild birds is something I have wanted to do since moving back to the country.
I grew up in the country but had been city dwelling for far too long.
Moving back to my roots so to speak was something that was just natural for me.
I thrive on having nature around me.
Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, falling asleep to the sound of the coyotes howling.
For me, it’s a perfect life.
The more trees the better.
That means more birds!
Getting my hands on a copy of The Sibley Guide To Birds Second Edition is a thrill.
Finally, I can actually learn about something I have only adored from afar.
Getting first-hand knowledge will broaden my horizons and I will have a better understanding of the wildlife around me.
It also seems like a pleasing activity that I can enjoy at my own pace while also enjoying an iced tea on my patio.
About The Author Of The Sibley Guide To Birds, David Allen Sibley:
Artist, writer, naturalist David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including the New York Times bestseller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed art and articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for The New York Times. The recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
As a novice birdwatcher and enthusiast, it is a meaty book of 624 pages.
Don’t let that scare you though.
Most of the pages are of gorgeous paintings and illustrations of birds accompanied with tons of helpful information.
I can handle pictures.
For someone like myself who is just starting out, I found the region information helpful.
I have seen several birds in my area but many look similar such as the Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, and Eastern Bluebird.
By looking at the Rage Map, included on every page and the “key” I could easily identify which type of Bluebird was in my yard.
Is The Sibley Guide To Birds Truly Novice Friendly?
My advice to novices is to do a thorough scan of the book when you are ready to start learning.
I came across the Warbler in the book by flipping pages.
Warblers have been spotted heavily in my area.
However, it was not until I accidentally found it in the book, based on its bright yellow color, that I knew it was even called a Warbler.
Now I can identify which kind of Warbler it is.
The downside being, there is no way to look up in the index of the book “bright yellow bird in Kansas”.
There is a wonderful Table of Contents that gives you solid information to get started though.
As I said before, I could use this book as a sole learning tool for writing a thesis!
It is packed with valuable information.
The downside of the learning material, however, is you may need a magnifying glass to read it.
The print is tiny.
For those of you with bad eyes, it could be hard to read.
I do not like to generalize but a lot of those who will be bird watching are middle-aged most likely.
Not to say younger generations do not enjoy this hobby but here I am nearing 50 and I am just starting out.
I think people have more time for a passive activity like this as they get older.
Sitting around the homefront, sipping on a favorite beverage, pondering the wildlife.
Maybe that’s just me.
I just wish the darn print where larger.
With that said, it’s an amazing book.
More than a book, a lifesaver for anyone who wants to identify bids in nature.
If you look at the photo above, lower left and right corners, that is how large the print is on the pages that get you started.
Don’t worry, it’s not that blurry.
That is just my photo.
Such as preface, introduction, which includes vital information such as classification or birds, learning to identify birds, finding rare birds, etc.
Birding friends, there is a lot to learn!
I am excited to start this journey.
The Sibley Guide To Birds includes a checklist at the back of the book.
This allows us to check off the birds we have successful spotted.
I hope to be able to check off quite a few this year.
Who’s with me? Do you enjoy bird watching?
I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Whether you are a novice to an expert I would love to hear what birds are in your area.
Grab your copy of The Sibley Guide To Birds Second Edition and let’s have some fun!