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Bird Watching for Dummies : For Dummies - Jeff Thompson

Bird Watching for Dummies

For Dummies


Published: 22nd September 1997
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Millions of people worldwide enjoy bird watching; it offers them a chance to get back to nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. <i>Bird Watching For Dummies</i> covers all the basics of bird watching, leading you on a guided tour of the gorgeous world of birds. From identifying birds by sight and sound to making your own &#8220;life list,&#8221; you&#8217;ll find all the tips and advice you need right here. <p> Whether you&#8217;ve been bird watching for years or you&#8217;re just starting out, <i>Bird Watching For Dummies</i> has all your bases covered. It&#8217;s full of practical tips and proven advice to make your bird watching experiences as fun and rewarding as possible. It&#8217;s your first aid kit for finding, identifying, feeding, and even housing birds. Plus, there&#8217;s more: <ul type="disc"> <li>Designing a bird-friendly backyard <li>Purchasing bird feeders, birdhouses, binoculars, clothing, and more <li>Keeping notes and records of the birds you spot <li>Joining bird clubs, taking field trips, and attending bird festivals <li>Booking bird watching tours that fit your budget and expertise <li>Choosing and using field guides </ul> <p> You won&#8217;t find a more straightforward and reliable bird watching guide than this one. Written by Bill Thompson III, and the staff of <i>Bird Watcher&#8217;s Digest,</i> it covers everything from backyard bird watching to field trips across the globe. No matter what your level of experience, this guide offers everything you need for unforgettable bird watching: <ul type="disc"> <li>Tackling pests and other feeder problems <li>Bird-friendly gardening tips <li>Optics and how to use them <li>Birding by habitat and hotspots <li>Songs, calls, and non-vocal identifying sounds <li>Attracting and spotting hummingbirds <li>Understanding the terminology <li>Dressing for success <li>And, 32 pages of full-color photos! </ul> <p> If you need help getting started in your new hobby, or you&#8217;re an old hand who just wants a quick-and-easy reference, <i>Bird Watching For Dummies</i> is the fun and simple way to stay up on all the latest in the world of bird watching. With unbeatable advice and practical guidance from the experts at <i>Bird Watcher&#8217;s Digest,</i> this handy resource is the only bird watching guide you need.



About This Book.

Why You Need This Book.

How to Use This Book.

How This Book Is Organized.

Part I: Watching Birds: A Natural Habit.

Part II: Backyard Bird Watching.

Part III: Bird Sighting 101: Using Your Tools.

Part IV: Beyond the Backyard.

Part V: Once You're Hooked.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.


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Part I: Watching Birds: A Natural Habit.

Chapter 1: Birds and the People Who Love Them.

Chapter 2: Tools that Take You Up Close and Personal.

Chapter 3: Identifying Birds ("If It Walks Like a Duck . . .").

Chapter 4: Watching Bird Behavior.

Chapter 5: Bird Sounds: News and Entertainment.

Part II: Backyard Bird Watching.

Chapter 6: Making a Bird-Friendly Yard.

Chapter 7: Bird Feeding: The Start of It All.

Chapter 8: Tackling Pests and Other Feeder Problems.

Chapter 9: Nest Boxes and Box Monitoring.

Chapter 10: Gardening for the Birds.

Chapter 11: Hummers, Bluebirds, Martins, and Hawks.

Part III: Bird Sighting 101: Using Your Tools.

Chapter 12: Optics and How to Use Them.

Chapter 13: Choosing and Using Field Guides.

Chapter 14: Expanding Your Skills.

Chapter 15: Writing It Down.

Part IV: Beyond the Backyard.

Chapter 16: Taking a Field Trip.

Chapter 17: Birding by Habitat.

Chapter 18: Birding Hotspots.

Chapter 19: Birding Tours: On Site with a Pro.

Chapter 20: Festivals and Other Events.

Part V: Once You're Hooked.

Chapter 21: Birding that Makes a Difference.

Chapter 22: Better Optics and Other Fun Gear.

Chapter 23: Advanced Bird ID.

Chapter 24: Field Sketching.

Chapter 25: Birding Online (Nesting on the World Wide Web).

Chapter 26: Other Flying Creatures.

Part VI: The Part Of Tens.

Chapter 27: Ten (+ Ten) Tips for When (And When Not) to Use Your Binoculars.

Chapter 28: Bill's Ten Favorite Hotspots.

Chapter 29: Ten Bird Myths.



Registration Card.

ISBN: 9780764550409
ISBN-10: 0764550403
Series: For Dummies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 22nd September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 18.8  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1