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The new handbook of attracting birds

Author: Thomas P McElroy, Jr.; H R Whiteman; Lambert Guenther
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1960.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed., rev. and enlView all editions and formats
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McElroy, Thomas P., 1914-
New handbook of attracting birds.
New York, : Knopf, 1960
(OCoLC)693656502
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas P McElroy, Jr.; H R Whiteman; Lambert Guenther
ISBN: 0393302806 9780393302806
OCLC Number: 1239190
Notes: 1st ed. published in 1950 under title: Handbook of attracting birds.
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Roger Tory Peterson --
Birds in our environment: The bird community ; Relationships ; Influencing factors ; Birds and man --
Birds of the eastern United States: Numbers and varieties ; Factors influencing relative abundance and distribution --
Ways of attracting birds: Introduction to methods used: planting for food and cover; providing water, nesting boxes, nesting materials, and winter feeding ; Use of sound and decoys --
Feeding songbirds: Theories about feeding ; Feeding according to seasons ; Species attracted by winter feeding ; What to feed ; Wild bird food mixtures ; Testing trays ; Suet molds ; Bird feeders ; Construction details for bird feeders --
Attracting with water: Water for drinking and bathing ; Essentials of birdbaths and fountains ; Types of baths and fountains ; Birdbaths for winter --
Attracting by planting: Planting plans ; Planting for cover and nesting sites ; Planting for food ; Planting and care of stock ; Planting suggestions ; Care after planting ; Using insecticides and herbicides --
Plants attractive to birds: What to plant ; Value for food, cover, nesting, and landscaping ; Soil preferred ; Birds attracted --
Helping birds at nesting time: Nesting habits ; Nesting habitats ; Providing nesting materials ; Nesting boxes ; Features of a good bird box ; Locating and mounting boxes ; Points to remember --
Homes for birds: Specifications, illustrations, and construction details of boxes recommended for wrens, bluebirds, tree swallow, woodpeckers, crested flycatchers, nuthatches, titmice, chickadees, robins, phoebes, purple martins, screech owls, saw-whet owls, barn owls, and wood ducks ; General recommendations ; Shelters and boxes for roosting, including construction details --
How to attract hummingbirds: The ruby-throated hummingbird ; Migration ; Nesting ; Plants attractive to hummingbirds ; Feeding hummingbirds ; Hummingbird feeders ; Hummingbird gardens --
Attracting game birds: A product of the land ; Why management is necessary ; Factors determining game bird populations ; Providing food and cover ; Working with nature ; Plantings for gullies and eroded areas ; Planting field and roadside borders ; Fencerows and hedges ; Windbreaks ; Plantings for thickets and woodlots ; Food patches ; Winter feeding and artificial shelters ; Stocking game birds ; Assistance through available agencies --
Attracting waterfowl: Ponds for waterfowl ; Features of a good waterfowl pond : Pond management ; Natural food and cover ; Planting for waterfowl ; Weed control ; Enemies of waterfowl ; Plants for ponds and pond areas --
Birds in the small garden: A plan for your garden ; Planting ; Plants for dry soils, moist soils, the seashores; colored fruits and attractive autumn foliage ; What to plant in city and suburban gardens, country gardens, and formal gardens ; Planting plan for formal garden ; Summary --
Birds on farms and estates: Twelve projects designed to attract more birds to farms and country estates ; Diagram of farm planned to attract birds and other wildlife --
Care of young and wounded birds: The care and feeding of young birds ; Food for young birds ; Feeding various species ; How to feed ; Caring for sick birds ; Care of injured birds ; When birds grow up --
Predators: The balance in nature ; Understanding predators ; Birds of prey ; Cats and dogs as predators ; Predatory wild animals ; Starlings and English sparrows ; Other birds as predators ; The proper attitude and abundant wildlife --
Birds and the law: State laws ; Federal laws ; Why laws are necessary --
Aids to bird study: Books helpful in identifying birds ; Bird songs and calls ; Binoculars ; Keeping bird records ; Bird photography ; Bird banding ; How to conduct a nesting census ; Migration studies ; Life-history studies ; Making results known --
Sanctuaries for birds: Backyard sanctuaries ; Community sanctuaries--values and steps of organization ; Sanctuary activities and projects ; Private sanctuaries ; Public sanctuaries --
Appendix: Books that will help you: attracting birds; identifying birds; bird watching; bird study; bird songs; bird finding; miscellaneous ; Recordings of bird songs ; Sources of wildlife plants ; Some suppliers of bird items ; Sources of information and help--Federal and state agencies ; Check-list of eastern birds.
Responsibility: Thomas P McElroy ; illustrated by H.R. Whiteman and Lambert Guenther ; introduction by Roger Tory Peterson.

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