Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Birding in Your Backyard

One of the activities, that I have always enjoyed, is watching the comings and goings of the enormous variety of birds that frequent our bird feeders. While many of our visitors are commonly know (Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal and Blue Jay), there are occasional “perching birds” that I cannot identify. Sure I could dig out my enormous copy of “The National Audubon Society Guide to North American Birds” but that means I have to wade through page after page of birds that don’t even live in Maine, an activity that I find annoying. For months, I had been looking for a quick reference guide that I could use to identify common Maine birds and that the kids could easily use as well. While in the bookstore the other day, I stumbled upon: A Pocket Naturalist Guide to “Maine Birds - An Introduction to Familiar Species" by Waterford Press and was immediately impressed.

The guide is a single laminated (laminated by the way equates to almost indestructible, a valuable trait around little ones) page featuring small photos of approximately 150 bird species knows to inhabit Maine. Additionally the guide identifies 22 birding “hotspots” across the state, from Lake Josephine in Aroostook County to Mt. Agamenticus in the south. Since we began using the guide, the kids and I are now able to successfully identify Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe and American Tree Sparrow. Our quick education proves that you don’t have to be an ornithological nut to appreciate Maine’s rich birding possibilities, so get out there today and see what you can see!


  1. I'm envious! Although, I love our collection of Audubon Field Guides, a specific (by state) laminated version would be nice... But until then I will be cramming the series into the backpack on our hiking trips. :(

  2. Leigh, sells a guide for "Southern Appalachian Birds" wich includes Tenn. and most other states.

    Check out:,com_catalog/id,243/task,showTitle/

    If the link doesn't work just just search the site.

  3. I've always enjoyed this too! I like Sibley's Bird Guides, and find their illustrations more helpful than other books. If you really enjoy it, you might want to think about getting a life book - it has places to record when and where you sight a species. We've been keeping track for several years now on and off... our rule is we both have to see it for it to count =)

  4. Jenn, Excellent idea . . . hey check out: talk about the adventure of a lifetime!


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