This is almost more a book about how to make your back yard into a bird sanctuary than how to recognize the birds that come of their own volition. But the author manages to make bird watching truly fascinating as a year-round hobby, an inexpensive one requiring little equipment, and considerable -but self-acquired-knowledge. He discusses the birds in their seasonal round, points to consider in identification, how to use field guides, how to build bird houses and feeding stations, how to record your observations. The actual descriptive and identification section gives salient points for recognition- but says too little about nests and eggs (a lack only too often in bird books). There are excellent lists of shrubs and trees to attract birds, and a good chapter on photography.