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Introducing – Birder’s Bookshelf!

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There may only be roughly 10,000 bird species in the world, but there are many more books about birds – each one providing insights for birders of all experience levels, ages, and interests. Each month, I will be bringing you a few of these wonderful flocks of books, offering suggestions for your armchair birding.

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Book Love – Photo by Tatiana T

Books provide us a deeper connection to our world and into worlds we might not be able to visit in person. They offer expertise and knowledge freely for all readers, and can be a wonderful glimpse at different birds in ways we might never see, no matter how often we go birding or how many hours we spend behind our binoculars. Some books are highly academic, while others are more light-hearted and fun, but all can be a great addition to your personal library or a birder’s bookshelf of your own.

Each of these books I have personally read and the recommendations are my own. If you’ve read them, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note – Our Birder’s Bookshelf selections will not be field guides of any kind;
find those books in the detailed Field Guide Directory!

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

Few birders ever get the deep, personal connection and intimate insights into birds that rehabilitators and wildlife biologists are able to get. Wesley the Owl offers such rich details about the life and personality of an amazing barn owl throughout his long and illustrious life.

The book’s depth and emotion gives birders and animal lovers a new appreciation for birds as unique and complex individuals and can inspire anyone to become more connected to wildlife in whatever way works best for them.

Whether you love owls specifically or all birds, this is a must-read and will make a great addition to your personal birder’s bookshelf!

A Field Guide to Little-Known & Seldom-Seen Birds of North America

Little-Known & Seldom-Seen Birds of North America

Add a bit of birding hilarity to your life with Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America. Cleverly written to poke fun at birders and birding without diminishing the joy anyone can find in this hobby, this quick and giggly read is a hilarious parody of a field guide. The humor ranges from groan-worthy puns to intricate inside jokes, and birders will be laughing along on every page, fully understanding the truth that underlies each joke.

My favorite? I can’t pick between the spoon-billed hummingbird and the American bunting, but all 37 “species” are worth a read!

Winston: The Adventures of a Brave Australian Rainbow Lorikeet

Winston: The Adventures of a Brave Australian Rainbow Lorikeet

If you love lorikeets – the more colorful, the better – you’ll enjoy Winston: The Adventures of a Brave Australian Rainbow Lorikeet. While simplified, the book does give great insights about the consequences of releasing a pet bird into the wild and what challenges such birds face.

While it would be better for birders if it included some additional resources or comparisons of true wild populations, the fantastic visual details provide a lovely mental map of the bird’s life and habitat.

This colorful look at a colorful bird is a fun way to learn more about this amazing species and what exists in a bird’s world.

Tune in every month for another
Birder’s Bookshelf to add to your library flock!

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