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Bird books help winter readings take flight

Three books could help kids, adults and handicrafters heighten the enjoyment of bird watching, feeding and housing.

• Monica Russo’s new text “Birdology” is another useful source her series of nature books written for children, but its contents will be useful for parents, mentors, teachers, and anyone interested in upgrading their bird-behavior watching and understandings.

Through 30 fun activities, Russo presents a series of things to look for, listen for and try along the way, including no-nos that benefit birds as well as enhance the watching experience. Young and older alike can upgrade their learning about bird watching when applying these activities.

This book is available at bookstores, it can be ordered directly at (800) 888-4741 or online at

• Stan Tekiela’s “Birds of New York Field Guide”, a pocket-sized text, has been a staple for bird info and identifications since its first edition published in 2000. Each color photo, many with age, gender and activity photo inserts, makes it easier to recognize birds that inhabit the state’s fields, forests and waterways.

Loaded with basic facts and “Stan’s Notes” for each entry, the second edition of this guide is now a companion to Birds of New York Audio CDs. A CD icon for each bird entry directs readers to the track on that bird. For more details on the Tekiela field guide, visit

• Michael Berger has assembled a simple-to-follow illustrations and basic carpentry work for backyard bird watchers to make bird-attracting structures for use later this winter and the in warm-weather.

Berger’s 2015 publication “Easy Birdhouses & Feeders” shows how to assemble houses that will accommodate everything from house wrens and black-capped chickadees to wood ducks and barred owls.

Along with enclosed nesting boxes, projects are shown for making a flowerpot nesting house; a log-style box; platform, bin and canopy feeders; finch, oriole and suet feeders; and various kinds of birdbaths.

Essential gear is mainly hand tools; a drill and jigsaw are the only power tools needed. For more details on this Bird Watcher’s Digest book, visit