When the weather is cold and miserable I stay indoors and read more. In winter I am especially drawn to beautiful bird books because I want to see birds, not just read about them.
This winter I can't say enough about a beautiful book I got last month: BIRD The Definitive Visual Guide, Audubon, DK Publishing, 2007.
It's a gorgeous book, full of photos illustrating bird anatomy, bird habitat and over 1,400 species from around the world.
Every page is beautifully done. The layout is gorgeous and the contents are a fireside birders dream with informative species accounts, range maps, species size, habitat and migration. And it includes a CD of 60 species' songs and calls.
I open BIRD at random for the "wow effect" and am never disappointed.
It's even beautiful when it's closed. The margins are printed with flock, jungle and feather patterns so the edges look marbled.
If you're looking for something to do indoors, take a look at this book.