Books for Birders

By Fair Isle Books

By Fair Isle Books

How to Find a Bird

Jennifer Ward and Diana Sudyka

$17.99 $16.55

Smile approved by our youngest customers, capture a youngster's wonder and start them on a lifetime of joy enjoying the birds around them with this title.

The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

Sy Montgomery

$20.00 $18.40

Hummingbird feeders abound on the island, and this book by an acclaimed nature writer is a fascinating look at them. Published last year, but out of stock with supply chain issues most of the year it is now once again available.

The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird

Jack E. Davis

$29.95 $27.55

The island hosts multiple pairs of nesting eagles and are often sited by visitors as well as residents. This new book looks at their history in the U.S.

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Scott Weidensaul

$18.95 $17.43

The island hosts oodles of migratory species, and this book - newly out in paperback - looks at the phenomenon world wide.

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl

Jonathan C. Slaght

$18.00 $16.56

Not only one of last year's most interesting bird books, but an adventure story as well! Now out in paperback.

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird

Rosemary Mosco

$14.95 $13.75

I first heard about this book from Kristin - island birder and guide at the birding festival with her husband Eric. It has since showed up on my podcast from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Birdnote) and seems to be creating quite a stir!

What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why

David Allen Sibley

$35.00 $32.20

The newest bird book out by Sibley, this gorgeous coffee table book has the street cred to back up the interesting facts in addition to sharing stunning pictures.

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America (Bird Books, Books for Bird Lovers, Humor Books)

Matt Kracht

$15.95 $14.67

The book most likely to make folks laugh out loud at my shop this year, and who couldn't use a bit more laughter in 2020?

All the Birds 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

$15.99 $14.71

And a winter treat for when the feeder is empty....

A Peterson Field Guide to Feeder Birds: Eastern and Central North America

Roger Tory Peterson

$10.99 $10.11

A great winter addition to your bird guide collection - with advice on food as well.

The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America [With CD (Audio)]

Lillian Q. Stokes and Donald Stokes

$25.00 $23.00

When the island's E-Bird afficianado takes a physical book with her, this is a go to for her. You too can own what an island birding goddess values!

The Kids' Guide to Birds of Wisconsin: Fun Facts, Activities and 86 Cool Birds

Stan Tekiela

$13.95 $12.83

Get 'em ready to spot all the familiar birds found on the island. Great activities too!

Audubon Birds Coloring Book: beautiful birds coloring book

A. Dream Cafe Publishing


Great book to pair with a guide for the kiddos or your nature loving friend.

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids: Activities and Ideas for Watching, Feeding, and Housing Our Feathered Friends

Elissa Ruth Wolfson, Margaret A. Barker, et al.

$19.99 $18.39

Great introduction to birding for the younger set, and a great outdoor focus for this year. Pair it with one of the fun felt birdhouses on my gift site for a super present.

Mozart's Starling

Lyanda Lynn Haupt

$17.99 $16.55

Starlings are out of favor in contemporary America, but the musical Genius Mozart was inspired by one's song enough to copy it into a symphony. One woman recounts keeping a starling as a pet to try to understand that disparity - what is fascinating about starlings? This book will take you on a delightful romp with one.

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds

Scott Weidensaul

$19.00 $17.48

Since we are on a flyway on the island, migrations are notable. As the species that connects continents around the world, this book is an eye opening look at migration.

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman

$18.00 $16.56

Cutting edge scientific understanding of birds (including their brains) is couched in beautiful writing in this lovely volume.

Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds

Laura Erickson and Marie Read


Birds in the spot we see them least often - their own nests. Fun photos and behavior descriptions.