Michigan Bluebird Society

Experiencing the Joy of Bluebirds!

Bluebird Books You Need To Read.....

We've seen all the bluebird books on the market, and the ones below are the best.  We've added a few comments to help you pick the best book for you.

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Stokes Bluebird bookTHE BLUEBIRD MONITOR'S GUIDE
By Jack Griggs, Cynthia Berger  

The most complete book on attracting bluebirds with nesting boxes and problem solving. Lots of pictures and diagrams. For more intermediate or advanced bluebirders.
 

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Stokes Bluebird bookTHE BLUEBIRD BOOK: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ATTRACTING BLUEBIRDS 
By Donald and Lillian Stokes

A great starter book for all bluebird landlords.  It has excellent information on bluebird behavior and life cycles.  Very well organized too. 

 

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bluebird trails

 BLUEBIRD TRAILS: A GUIDE TO SUCCESS
 By Dorene Scriven

 An excellent book for those people ready to start managing their  own bluebird trail.  It's not great as far as pictures go, but the information is incredibly valuable.  Dorene      Scriven is a VERY experienced bluebirder who you need to learn from. 

 

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bluebirds foreverBLUEBIRDS FOREVER
By Connie Toops

A beautiful coffee table book loaded with incredible photos.

 

 

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bluebirds and their survival_

BLUEBIRDS AND THEIR SURVIVAL                                              
By Wayne H. Davis, Philippe Roca                                   

The only book with a chapter on photography.  It contains interesting research results on next box styles.  Dr. Davis did a lot of pioneering work on slot boxes; Roca is a photographer.

 

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enjoying-bluebirds-more lrgENJOYING BLUEBIRDS MORE
Julie Zickefoose

An inexpensive, very good starter book from Bird Watcher's Digest.  It's actually a compendium of best articles from the magazine. 

 

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what bluebirds doWHAT BLUEBIRDS DO
By Pamela Kirby

A published nature photographer, Kirby chronicles the life of a bluebird pair in a photo documentary. Although intended for a young audience, adults will be captivated by every little part of a bluebird's life from courtship to nesting and beyond.  

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bluebirds grooms-petersonBLUEBIRDS
By Steve Grooms & Dick Peterson

This excellent photography book captures the Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds in a variety of settings, and because of the accurate life histories, makes a very useful field guide. 

 

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THE BLUEBIRD, HOW YOU CAN HELP ITS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL
By Larry Zeleny

The book that started it all and got the bluebird movement going. It's still an extremely informative and useful guide.  Zeleny founded the North American Bluebird Society (NABS).

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BRING BACK THE BLUEBIRDS, EVEN TO YOUR HAND
By Andy Troyer

A booklet that gives patterns for a feeder and a sparrow-resistant bluebird house, how to attract bluebirds, how to manage a trail, natural parasite control, predator control, raising meal worms, and training bluebirds to feed from your hand.

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I HEAR BLUEBIRDS
Shirl Brunnel

Written in journal style, this is the story of a child psychologist who raises two orphaned bluebirds.  An emotional story - it depicts how easy it is to become attached to bluebirds.

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 Other books of inteest to Bluebird enthusiasts.

 

BirdsofMichigan

  BIRDS OF MICHIGAN

  By Stan Tekiela

This very popular, small-format field guide features the stunning photographs of Michigan Birds by Stan Tekiela - a well-known naturalist, author, and wildlife photographer.  A unique feature of the book is that it covers 118 of the more likely bird species you will encounter in Michigan, so you don't have to flip through nearly as many pages to find a bird.  Also, it is organized by major color of the bird instead of bird families, so it's easier to locate a bird that you see in the yard or neighborhood.  It includes a variety of information about each species to help you identify it, like range map, key field marks, male/female descriptions, and observations from Stan on habits and other key facts.  Paperback.  316 pages.  4 1/2" by 6"

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guide bird homes lrg

 GUIDE TO BIRD HOMES

 By Scott Shalaway

This is an introductory guide on how to attract the different species of cavity nesting birds to nesting boxes.  It includes a lot of basic information about the habitat, size of box, and mounting location for species such as chickadees, woodpeckers, bluebirds, purple martins, screech owls, wood ducks, wrens, and kestrels.  Written by backyard birding expert Scott Shalaway and published by Bird Watcher's Digest.  The book is 33 pages and has color photos.

 

 

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birdhouse book 

  Audubon Birdhouse Book

Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes For Great Birds.  This book is arguably the most complete and accurate one on bird houses written to date.  It covers all North American cavity nesting bird species that will nest in bird houses and how to attract them.  There are excellent color photo's, diagrams, and easy-to-build designs for all bird species.  Best of all, the book was written with input from MBS members and bluebird experts Tom Comfort, Steve Gilbertson, and Dick Tuttle.

 

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