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References for Backyard Birders

Hi all,

Thought that the October, 2006 photo above (mass grackles) might be a fun way to start subject matter that some might consider slightly on the dry side - backyard birding references. (Please keep in mind that a new readership is coming on board with the Kindle wireless reading device, and they may not have seen these references before.)

In any event, what follows is a pretty decent collection of info for the backyard birder and the occasional day tripper, and well worth bookmarking IMHO...

Bird food:
Feeders (hanging, mounting, cleaning, etc.):
Human health:
Getting started:
Bird identification:
Birdhouses and wildlife interaction:
Technical (computers, cameras, Web, blogs, energy savings, etc.):
General bird resources:

See you by the well-informed feeders,


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Great post! I’ll subscribe right now wth my feedreader software!

The Kindle 2 - Amazon's update for their electronic book reader came out today. I ordered mine early and got it yesterday. The new design has a lot of improvements including a thinner profile, better battery life (although the old one was never a problem) and a software update that I think will bring the device even further. (The update is available on all models and is a great improvement.) In exchange for that the new model does not allow use of SD cards to add memory and has a sealed (iPod like) battery. Neither of those changes should be a problem.

The best innovation on the Kindle 2 is the software update. It has a new feature which allows you to update your position on all your Kindle devices. That may sound like a small feature not applicable to many users but I think it is an important change.

I bought our first Kindle for my wife who is an avid novel reader. She seemed to enjoy it so I bought a second one for my use. The one problem I had with the device was its cover, which the new version fixes. But she and I, as we did in the print versions of literature, often read the same book. Kindle has always allowed you to shift content among devices. That recreates the metaphor of sharing a hard cover book (RIAA take notice about an appropriate version of fair use). But the new feature works like a book mark. So for example, if I have read a particular book at the office and left my device there, I can now use my wife's device at home and begin at the same spot in the book.

Walt Mossberg argued in his review that the device is pricey. I disagree. Part of the cost is the capitalization of the wireless connection used to download books. This morning my wife and I were preparing for a trip and she said she did not have any books. In just a few minutes, we downloaded her a couple to keep her occupied for our travel. That instant ordering is worth a lot.

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