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Best Bird Books & Movies

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I believe that if I were to breakdown the elements of my bird education so far, it might go something like this:  Observation of birds  50%, reading books 20%, Internet resources 10%, information from other birders 10%, videos & movies 10%. Education aside, I love watching birds. For me identification is important, but I just love watching birds.

I go all over now, but the truth be known, I am a devoted and fanatic backyard birder. These days, I am trying to coax my crows to come closer to my deck with peanuts. Meanwhile, I have an adorable Carolina wren that can hammer with delight one-half-peanut into pieces for a treat. He loves ’em and comes right up to me to get his peanut.

I like to read and watch movies, and  I have discovered some really great bird books and movies. I am still expanding my lists, but here are ones that I recommend in the order in which I read or viewed them. My apologies if left out your favorite book or movie that should be listed. If so, please email me your suggestions or just leave a comment here.

These links provided below are almost all Amazon simply because I do most of my shopping  on Amazon. Obviously most all of the items below are available on other sites and in regular stores, too

The Thing with Feathers

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

The Feather Quest

Golden Wings

The Mind of a Raven

The Birds of Pandemonium

Red Tails in Love

The Birds of Central Park

What the Robin Knows

The Big Year

Kingbird Highway

Hawks in Flight

Songbird Journeys

Tales of a Low-Rent Birder

The House on Ipswich Marsh

Small-Headed Flycatcher. Seen Yesterday. He Didn’t’ Leave His Name

Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion

Before the Echo

The Wind Masters

Bayshore Summer

Birding on Borrowed Time

H is for Hawk

The Bluebird Effect

I am a big fan of Pete Dunne; most of the above books are his. He is a terrific writer, and we go birding together from time to time.

Movies. There is one series that is an absolute must see, The Life of Birds. It is a BBC ten-part series with David Attenborough. It is also on Netflix.

Here are some other of my favorite movies:

Pale Male

The Big Year

Opposable Chums

Nature: Hummingbirds

Birders: The Central Park Effect

A Birder’s Guide to Everything

Flight: The Genius of Birds

Winged Migration

Please send me your recommendations for books and movies!




Cumberland County Eagle Festival 2-7-15

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The Cumberland Country Winter Eagle Festival was held this weekend in Mauricetown, NJ (near Cape May). The Glades Wildlife Refuge (shown below) is home to literally dozens of Bald eagles. Over the past two days, I personally saw at least a dozen Bald eagles as well as many Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and Turkey vultures.

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There were beautiful eagles almost everywhere around Cumberland County. Apparently, the habitat is almost ideal for nesting. In the sequence (four photos below), that mating pair put on quite a show. (Note: The male is on the left and the female on the right.)

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Peace restored

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The real highlight of this trip for me was meeting Pete and Linda Dunne. Pete’s is the retired director of the Cape May Bird Observatory.  Pete (and Linda) are giants in the birding world, and Pete is a great writer. I think I have most all of his books, three favorites are Golden Wings, Hawks in Flight, and The Feather Quest.

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This Red-tailed’s name is Aldora (“Winged Gift”); she is an “educational bird,” and she was on display as a terrific hawk ambassador at the show from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.

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There were Turkey vultures everywhere, too.

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This is Turkey Point in the Glades Wildlife Refuge.

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Pete Dunne

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The marshland

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