More wildlife can be seen as winter melts away, bringing spring and then summer. Try your hand at bird watching and sketch what you see; remember to be quiet, so you won’t scare away the birds. After all your bird watching, try to identify some of the birds seen with these great books about the birds around us. 

10 Birds That You Can Find in Your Backyard 

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Common Name: Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata

Common Name: Northern Cardinal - Male

Common Name: Northern Cardinal

Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Common Name: Northern Cardinal

Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Common Name: Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Melanerpes carolinus

Common Name: Tufted Titmouse

Scientific Name: Baeolophus bicolor

Common Name: American Robin

Scientific Name: Turdus migratorius

Common Name: Mourning Doves

Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura

Common Name: Northern Mockingbird

Scientific Name: Mimus polyglottos

Common Name: Pine Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga pinus

Books All About Birds 

Curious Critters Maryland by David FitzSimmons

This book introduces children to animals commonly found in Maryland.

Backyard Birds by Jonathan P. Latimer & Karen Stray Nolting

Describe the physical characteristics, behavior, voices, and habitats of a variety of common birds, arranged by their color. Includes the Peterson System of identifying birds by their unique markings.

Birds by Pamela Hickman

This beautifully illustrated, comprehensive book is all about why birds are such an important part of the wildlife food chain. In this fourth book in the Nature All Around series, young readers will learn all about birds’ body parts, life cycles, habitats, and more before going on a journey through a year in a bird’s life.

A family of dedicated birders presents an illustrated tribute to birds featuring a combination of scientific facts, folklore, poems, and songs.

A family of dedicated birders presents an illustrated tribute to birds featuring a combination of scientific facts, folklore, poems, and songs.

Birds by Ben Hoare

Find out how birds from around the world fly, feed, sense the world, communicate, build nests, protect their eggs, raise chicks, keep their feathers in top condition, defend themselves, and travel in search of food and nesting sites.

Birds by Carme Lemniscates

Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and have much to teach us.

Backyard Birds of Summer by Carol Lerner

Describes primarily those species of birds that are tropical migrants visiting the North only during the nesting season. Includes suggestions for attracting birds to one’s yard.

Become a young ornithologist. Learn all about the scientific study of birds. Author, birder, and outdoors researcher Erika Zambello presents a kids’ introduction to bird-watching. With fascinating information for beginners, the book provides readers with an understanding of bird anatomy, life cycles, habitat, and 60 species of backyard birds!

Birds From Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick

Guess which bird each colorful close-up belongs to, then turn the page for the answer and some fascinating facts about that animal. Two final pages add to the fun with a quick look at other extraordinary birds and their interesting body parts – from the tops of their heads to the tips of their tail feathers.

The Beak Book by Robin Page

Birds around the world has so many amazing kinds of beaks! There are short beaks and long beaks, straight beaks and curved beaks, flat beaks, and even spoon-shaped beaks. But what do all of these beaks do? Discover how beaks of different shapes and sizes are adapted to help birds sip nectar, make nests, battle for mates, and more! 

Magnificent Birds  by Narisa Togo

From the bird of paradise that performs an extravagant courtship dance in the rain forest to the bar-tailed godwit that flies thousands of miles across the ocean without stopping, readers can learn about incredible birds from all over the world with this strikingly illustrated gift book. In stylish linocut prints, Narisa Togo captures the beauty of both rare and familiar winged creatures from every part of the globe.

Blue Jays by Lisa J. Amstutz

Full of color photographs introducing blue jays.

Every Day Birds  by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Young readers are fascinated with birds in their world. Every Day Birds helps children identify and learn about common birds. After reading Every Day Birds, families can look out their windows with curiosity–recognizing birds and nests and celebrating the beauty of these creatures!