WildBirds.com eNewsletter
February, 2013


We wanted to let you know that the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon are getting ready for the 16th Great Backyard Bird Count this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (February 15-18th.) This is a really big deal and you can help!!


Participation is free and all you have to do is go to their web site and check off the birds you see. The idea is that if tens of thousands of folks from all over the world do this, the scientists can get a better idea of how the birds are doing. After the huge winter storms and the droughts this year, results might be quite different than last year! That is why it is especially important to get as many participants as possible this weekend.


For the first time this program is open to anyone in the world! Tell your friends living overseas about this birding event - or hop on a plane and let us know what you see in Rio de Janeiro this weekend!!


As a thank you, when you enter your bird sightings you will receive a special discount code for all Thayer Birding Software DVDs and Cornell Lab audio guides - so look for the special promotional code!


Here is their web site: Great Backyard Bird Count 



Fill Your Bird Feeders! 
Suet, Thistle and Sunflower Seeds 




Now would be a great time to visit your local wild bird store to stock up on bird seed and suet cakes. Ask them what the best seed mix is for your area - they know!! If you are not sure if there is a specialty store like this near you, click HERE for a map that will show you where to find them.


Did you know that there are actually specialized feeders for different types of bird seed:

Suet Feeders (Woodpeckers like these)

Seed Feeders - (Birds love sunflower seeds)


Hummingbird Feeders (in southern states)


Thistle Feeders (Goldfinches like these)


Heated Water Baths (Everyone likes these)




In Case You Missed This...
Here Are Our Recommendations
 (Which are your favoites?)


Field Guides  Natl geo 6th ed  Birdfeeder Guides 

Here are my favorite bird books 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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Thistle Feeders
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Hummingbird Feeders

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