Birding at the Library

San Mateo County is a great place for birding, opens a new window. Are you familiar with birding culture? Let me give you a basic rundown of the terms as defined by Birding , opens a new windowmagazine.

Birder: The acceptable term used to describe the person who seriously pursues the hobby of birding. May be professional or amateur.

Birding: A hobby in which individuals enjoy the challenge of bird study, listing, or other general activities involving bird life.

Bird-watcher:  A rather ambiguous term used to describe the person who watches birds for any reason at all, and should not be used to refer to the serious birder.

Whether you’re a hardcore birder or a casual bird-watcher the library has you covered with bird related resources. Check out the following books and magazines for adults and kids.

For Adults

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area

Field Guide to Birds of California

National Geographic Birding Essentials

Bird Watching for Dummies

Birds of Northern California


Did you know that you can access eMagazines, opens a new window with your library card? Download the Zinio for Libraries app on your device and start reading eMagazines now.

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For Kids

Look Up!



Special thanks to Robbie Fischer, birder extraordinaire, for helping me with this article.

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