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Introduction to Birdwatching with Alabama Audubon's Greg Harber

Tomorrow night wraps up the two-part series on beginning bird watching with Alabama Audubon instructor, Greg Harber. Because it is on Zoom, there is no limit to the number of attendees -- be sure to sign up! Part One, available here on our YouTube channel, was an hour and a half of great information ranging from what to look for when identifying birds to what kind of equipment you need to be a backyard birder.  Personally, I learned a lot. I had no idea, for example, that Pine Siskins were coming down with salmonella from dirty feeders! Be sure to bring those feeders inside and clean them thoroughly! 

Greg also gave me some tips on which type of binoculars I'm going to request for my next major gift-giving holiday! But, you don't need fancy equipment to explore the over 400 species of birds that inhabit our state.  Part two of Greg's program will take us around the state in an effort to show how diverse and interesting birding can be in Alabama. Knowing when and where to go is the most important component to bird watching. From there, enjoy the sights and sounds of our flying friends! Check out the webpage for a list of online resources including titles of the best birding books at the Hoover Library! If you are like me, married to a "bird nerd" means listening to recordings of bird songs and calls to come outside to enjoy the swifts at sundown. No matter your starting point, birding is for everyone!  If you are unable to attend tomorrow's Zoom session, check out the class schedule through Alabama Audubon and look for both parts of our Introduction to Birdwatching on the Library's YouTube channel!

Alabama bird watching : a year-round guide / Bill Thompson III and the staff of Bird watcher's digest. 598.07234 THO

All the birds of North America : a revolutionary system based on feeding behaviors and field-recognizable features / Griggs, Jack. 598 GRI

The armchair birder goes coastal : the secret lives of birds of the Southeastern shore / John Yow. 598.33 YOW

The backyard bird feeder's bible : the A-to-Z guide to feeders, seed mixes, projects, and treats / Roth, Sally. 598 ROT

The bird feeder book : an easy guide to attracting, identifying, and understanding your feeder birds /Stpkes, Donald W. 598 STO

The bird watching answer book : everything you need to know to enjoy birds in your backyard and beyond / Laura Erickson. 598.07234 ERI 2009

A birder's guide to Alabama / Porter, John Jr., editor. 598.07 BIR

Birder's guide to Alabama & Mississippi / Ray Vaughan. 598.07 VAU

Birding / Joseph Forshaw ... al. ; consultant editor, Terence Lindsey. 598.07234 BIR

Birding by impression : a different approach to knowing and identifying birds / Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet ; sponsored by The Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Wildlife Federation. 598.07234 KAR 2015

Common birds of Birmingham / Wilson, Jim. 598 WIL

Field guide to backyard birds of the south / 598.07 FIE

Good birders don't wear white : 50 tips from North America's top birders / foreword by Pete Dunne. 598.07234 GOO

How to identify birds / Farrand, John, Jr. 598 FAR National Geographic bird coloration / Geoffrey E. Hill. 598.1472 HIL 2010

National Geographic birding essentials : all the tools, techniques, and tips you need to begin and become a better birder / Jonathan Alderfer. 598.07234 ALD

National Geographic field guide to the birds of North America / Dunn, Jon L. 598 DUN 2011

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