Whether the bird guide you have is on your bookshelf or on your phone, it’s always fun to review the birds coming through your yard that you haven’t seen since the previous year.  There are many field guides to choose from, such as by David Sibley or National Geographic, and they typically have in common an illustration (or photo), a description, and a map that shows where the species can be seen.  The “diagnostic” features help distinguish one bird species from another, making it easier to identify a bird you may see for only a brief moment.  Don’t be intimidated by how many bird species there are in the guide—just start with the ones that are most common or that you can remember, and you’re certain to build your knowledge from there.


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