Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bird Watching in Virginia

Before I moved to Virginia, I never thought much about bird watching. But after putting up a few bird feeders, and seeing the variety of birds they attracted, I began to enjoy bird watching. That enjoyment lead to curiosity; I just had to find out more about the birds native to Virginia. 
If you too are interested in learning about bird watching, the library has many resources to assist you. 

For novice bird watchers like me, a very basic book to start with is Bird Watching for Dummies, by Bill Thompson III; this book should answer most of your general questions.

For a bit more information you might want to look at Sibley's Birding Basics by David Allen Sibley, or The Bird Watching Answer Book by Laura Erickson.  

Then, for specific information on birds in this area, try Birds of Virginia: Field Guide, by Stan Tekieta, or Claudia Wilds's Finding Birds in the National Capital Area.

After you have identified the bird species that visit your bird feeders, maybe you would like to attract others.  These books have tips on how to do just that:  

If you specifically want to attract hummingbirds, try Donald and Lillian Stokes's The Hummingbird Book:  The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Hummingbirds.

Now that you know which birds visit your yard, maybe you would like for them to stay?  Why not put up a birdhouse or two!  If you want to try building them yourself, check out these books:  Birdhouses: From Castles to Cottages--20 Simple Homes and Feeders to Make in a Weekend, by Alison Jenkins or Bird Boxes and Feeders for the Garden by Dave MacKenzie's

Another option? Attend "Bird Watching Basics," a free seminar by the Fauquier County Public Library. The seminar will be presented by Dr. David Wiedenfeld, Senior Conservation Scientist for the American Bird Conservancy.

Date and location are: 
Sunday, Feb 9, 2:00 p.m.
2 Courthouse Square
Old Town Warrenton

Happy bird watching!

Vicky @ Warrenton

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