I have been watching birds since I was just six years old and for a long time my appreciation of them was limited to the visual impact they create and the desire to see new species. It was always nice to go to new places and see new birds, and to this day I still find that bird watching is an excellent way to travel, getting me to places that I would otherwise not see.
However, as I got a little older my mother started to buy me books about birds; not just field guides that would help me identify birds, I already had those, but books that let me into the lives of birds. Through these books I learned all sorts of amazing things about these wonderful creatures and was able to see some of these things for myself when I was aware of particular types of behavior.
Over the years I have read a lot of books about birds and while there are some that are not so good, there are many that have helped me understand much about birds and to make watching them even more enjoyable. Other books here have added to my enjoyment of the hobby of bird watching because of the tales of others.
My love of birds is unwavering and here are some of the books that have contributed to that.