Field Guide for Budding Birders
Of all the animals, our winged friends are the easiest to find and enjoy year-round. To help budding naturalists get started on this exciting hobby, Backyard Birds of Puget Sound is an easy-to-read, fact-filled introduction to 70 of the most common backyard birds — from tiny jewel-colored hummingbirds to large hawks and everything in between — the perfect window into nature. This guide, over 200 pages, includes 70 beautiful watercolor illustrations of the most frequently observed backyard birds, with notes on sizes and distinguishing markings, morphology, migration and location, habitat, behavior, diet, backyard tips and more.
In the back of the book, you’ll find a glossary, checklist of Washington state birds, and a comprehensive list of helpful resources and information.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction to Birdwatching
What Is a Bird?
How to Identify a Bird in Five Steps
Birding as a Family
Beyond Your Yard
Plants That Attract Birds
Puget Sound Region
Parts of a Bird
Quick Guide to Backyard Birds
Order Galliformes (Gamebirds)
Order Falconiformes (Birds of Prey)
Order Columbiformes (Pigeons & Doves)
Order Apodiformes (Hummingbirds)
Order Piciformes (Woodpeckers)
Order Passeriformes (Song Birds & Small Birds)
Species Fact Pages
Congratulations . . . You’re a Birder!
About the Author & Illustrator
Text by Kelly Lenihan | Illustrations by Anya Macleod | Published by Artisan Bookworks
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Lenihan was forever making up stories, often writing them down, from childhood through her college years. After completing a general arts degree from the University of Washington, Kelly went on to enjoy a diverse range of creative endeavors, from fashion design and hand-painted pottery to web design and teaching global arts. Never losing her penchant for writing; she’s been published in various magazines and enjoyed her own newspaper column for several years. To this day, she is an avid blogger and freelance writer for print and online publications. Never out of ideas, she has more children’s picture books in the works.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Anya Macleod has been drawing and painting since she was a very young child, using a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics and charcoal. Her inspiration comes from nature, with animals, the ocean, and plant life being some of her favorite subjects. Anya was born in Russia, moving with her family when she was only eight. She now lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband, daughter, giant dog and cat. This is her second children’s book illustration project, and she plans to continue with both fiction and non-fiction illustrations. When Anya is not painting, she enjoys camping, cooking and anything creative!