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The best ways to attract melodic birds, with insight into their rapidly changing habits The American robin and northern cardinal are two of the best-loved songbirds, but newer backyard arrivals, like rose-breasted grosbeaks and scarlet tanagers, quickly captivate with their vivid colors and unique songs. Bird lovers will learn to attract new visitors by offering treats that songbirds like best, such as soft, easy-to-peck foods that closely mimic caterpillars, their top food preference. And planting just a few carefree perennials and shrubs can provide opportunities for cover and nesting. Sally Roth draws on the latest science and 50 years of observation to reveal these fascinating details: In the wee hours, it's the robins that sing first, followed by the babble of house wrens and the whistle of cardinals Some birds learn birdsongs throughout their lives, while others stop learning once they can mimic their parents' song It's Dad, not Mom, who teaches the young birds to sing Simple tips, ideas, and recipes, as well as an understanding of why songbirds are coming from the treetops into the backyard, will help any bird enthusiast create a songbird sanctuary.
Sally Roth is a lifelong gardener and naturalist and the author of many books and articles on gardening and birding. She welcomes birds and wildlife to her backyard in every season. Visit Sally at www.sallyroth.com.
Table of Contents
|The Joy of Songbirds|
|Meet the Singers||p. 3|
|Here Comes the Sun||p. 27|
|A Room with a View||p. 47|
|Joy in the Morning||p. 67|
|Grandmasters of Song||p. 87|
|Lullaby and Good Night||p. 107|
|Eat, Drink, and Be Meat|
|Singing for Their Supper (and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks)||p. 119|
|Be a Softie||p. 135|
|Fruits, Berries, and Sweets||p. 157|
|Getting Bugged||p. 181|
|Seeds and Nuts||p. 193|
|Treats from the Kitchen||p. 213|
|The Allure of Water||p. 233|
|Home Is Where the Heart Is||p. 255|
|Building Boom||p. 277|
|Plain Talk about Pests||p. 305|
|For Further Reading||p. 323|
|Photo Credits||p. 332|
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