From Library Journal
The talented staff of the popular magazine Bird Watcher's Digest wrote, edited, and illustrated this latest entry in the ubiquitous "Dummies" series, whose mock-deprecating titles attract a wide readership. Fortunately, this book, as with others of the series, is not as simplistic as its title, offering nearly 400 pages of often humorous, witty, and anecdotal but nevertheless excellent advice on a wide variety of topics: bird feeders, nest boxes, optics, field guides, birding hot spots, identification, web sites, birding festivals, plantings, et al. At times a too conceptual approach is frustrating. For example, there is plenty of information on optics and nest boxes but no details on specific models' dimensions in these respective areas. However, quality illustrations enhance a useful text. Despite minor flaws, this is highly recommended.?Henry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
"If I'd had Bird Watching For Dummies many years ago, my life list would have been much longer."
Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States
"This book is for me a bird watcher and a dummy! Thank you Mr. Thompson!"
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"Bill Thompsons conversational style, humor, and great experience make this [book] an ideal place to start."
Nicholas Hammond, Former Director of Communications, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK
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Inside, youll discover how to:
- Design a bird-friendly backyard with bird feeders, houses, gardens, and baths
- Keep your bird feeders, gardens, baths, and houses free of diseases and other pests
- Locate sources for bird houses, feeders, binoculars, clothing, and more!
- Identify both eastern and western birds like an expert, from blue jays and barn swallows to hummingbirds and herons!
- Understand bird behavior and how to recognize birds by their songs
- Make your own "life list" by keeping notes and records of the birds you see
- Join bird clubs, take field trips, and attend bird festivals nationwide
- Book bird watching tours that fit your level of expertise and budget