WildBirds.com eNewsletter
November, 2012


2012 is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting years in decades for birders!


First the droughts and fires caused unusual sightings out west. Then Hurricane Sandy pushed rare seabirds into New England and blew birds like the Northern Lapwing over from Great Britain. And now the northern US is being invaded by Finches, Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks that normally winter in Canada!


This is the perfect time to participate in your local Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Even if you are just a beginning birder your help is needed! One hundred thirteen years and counting!!


Help the scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by monitoring activity at your bird feeders this winter - sign up for Project FeederWatch today and get started.


Finally, how many bird books do YOU own? We recently conducted a survey and found that the average birder owns 12 bird books. If you are looking for suggestions to expand your birding library, check out our suggestions below - just in time to let Santa know what is on your wish list!


 113th Christmas Bird Count
December 14th - Jan 5th


Evening Grosbeak
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The Christmas Bird Count season is December 14 through January 5 each year. Your local count will occur on one day between those inclusive dates. If you have more than one local count, they will probably be conducted on different dates within the CBC season.

Since the Christmas Bird Count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it all starts with you! 


To prepare, check out the 300 Christmas Bird Count quizzes in Thayer's Birds of North America DVD. All the birds in the quiz appear in winter plumage!


You can find a link to your local Audubon Society at WildBirds.com. Just go to the page with your state or province and look for the Organizations listed on the right. 



Project FeederWatch
Monitor Your Bird Feeders This Winter

Project FeederWatch
Project FeederWatch


Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch.


FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. You can even see the results of your observations.


Join Today!



Bird Books In Your Library
Here Are Our Recommendations


Field Guides  Natl geo 6th ed  Birdfeeder Guides 

The average birder owns 12 bird books. Here are my favorites and the ones I recommend to friends.


Field Guides:
The Sibley Guide to Birds

 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
 National Geographic Guide to Birds of N. Amer.


I also really like...
 Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
 The Crossley ID Guide - Eastern Birds
 Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America
 Young Birder's Guide Birds of North America


Beyond Field Guides:
Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior
 Lives of North American Birds
 The Birder's Handbook (free in Thayer's DVDs)
 Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion


Birding Hot Spots:
National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots
 A Birder's Guide to Florida
 Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona
 A Birder's Guide to the Rio Grande Valley
 A Birder's Guide to Southern California


Attracting Birds:

 The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds
 Audubon North America Birdfeeder Guide
 Stokes Bird Feeder Book


Checklists - Record Your Sightings:
Birder's Diary - North America  (for Windows)
 Birder's Diary - World  (for Windows) - I use this.


Bird Families:
A Photographic Guide to North Amer. Raptors
 Hummingbirds of North America (Steve Howell)
 Hummingbirds of N. America (Sheri Williamson)

 The Shorebird Guide 
Gulls of North America
 Stokes Bluebird Book


Bird (and Birder) Behavior

Thayer Birding Software

The Ultimate Birding DVD for Windows
Gold v5.5  

Get ready...Get the Gold!

Be able to identify 970 birds of North America - including rare and accidental species. Export songs and images to your iPod or iPhone.


Thayer Birding Software

New Version 4.5
For Windows and Mac
GBNA v4.5   

753 Species with songs, range maps, ID Wizard quizzes and more!

Cornell Lab Audio CDs

For the US and the World
Cornell Audio Guides 
Learn the bird songs before your next big birding trip. CDs also available for frogs and mammals!

A Gift Card is Perfect for the Holidays!

Give the Gift of Nature!
 Gift Certificates

Quick Links


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Good birding!
Pete Thayer & The Wildbirds.com Team!