Tuffy P came across a book called The Birds of Winter by Kit & George Harrison at a thrift store a few days ago, and brought it home because we really enjoy the winter birds around our backyard feeders throughout the winter.
Although the photography section is somewhat dated (film cameras), and there are only a few pages of colour photos and many mediocre quality B&W photos (+ some fair line-drawings), this book contains plenty of good information.
It breaks down the winter birds we’re likely to see into groups, talks about their feeding habits and migration, with notes about attracting them in the backyard environment. It’s a fast read, and I learned a number of things going through it – perfect at thrift store prices. I think there are plenty of more attractive books out there with equally good information, plus the internet and especially YouTube provides resources for the new bird enthusiast which simply didn’t exist 3 decades ago when this book was written.