vintage bird guides

April 14, 2010

I love picking up vintage nature guides like this one Introducing our Eastern Birds by Matthew F. Vessel and Herbert H. Wong, Illustrated by Ron King. 

The illustrations are just gorgeous. 

Juliet and I like to look at the birds and we both learn their names. 

Our next door neighbor has a bunch of bird feeders, so we see a lot of cardinals flying back and forth from our yard to hers. 

I love the colors on this page. 

I kind of want to tear out a few pages and frame them, but I don't think I have the guts to destroy the book. 

Someone once told me that they checked out a book of birds from the library that came with a CD of all the bird calls and songs on it. I haven't checked my library for such a book, but I did find a few great websites that Juliet and I have had fun listening to on rainy days. 

Do you have any favorite bird guides to share or any great bird song websites? 


Leigh said...

What a beautiful book! I have a great set of cards for bird watching - but I have no info about them, since I've hidden them away until the boys get older so they don't destroy them before we get a chance to use them! ;)

Phyllis said...

I love your book. Makes me want to paint them! We have a bird book that has a button to press the page number of the bird you want, and it will play the call for that bird. (
You can hear a portion of it here:
I also use a book for myself called Finding Your Wings.
I talk about it here:

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I wish I had a fabulous resource to share with you, because I tried to check out a bird book last week from the library. ER's been facinated with looking out the windows at the birds so I thought this would be a good thing. Well she discovered the ballerina books and it was all over.

Allison said...

I love the illustrations. Just beautiful.

Chels said...

Great share. Birds are so fun in the spring just chirping away! There's a little bird call quiz with audio on National Bird Day.

Playing by the book said...

The illustrations in these look so lovely!

Sharon@KeenInspirations said...

My 11 year old son has been an avid birdwatcher for about 2 years. He can identify birds very well now. We found and it has been a great resource! The forums are child/family friendly and there are several "young birders" that post there regularly! I'm going to try to find a copy of this book for my son! thank you for sharing it!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Thanks for the website recommendation! I can't wait to check it out!

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