The Bird Watching Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

By Laura Erickson

Learn the how’s and why’s of chicken habit, from flirtatious mating practices and lovely birdsong to flying south for the iciness. during this full of life reference e-book, Laura Erickson addresses 1000's of real-life questions despatched in to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world’s optimum authority on birds. With specialist suggestion on chook looking at strategies and kit, feeding and housing birds, preserving habitats, and lots more and plenty extra, Erickson courses you thru the intricacies of the avian global with a contagious ardour for our feathered friends.

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