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Bird Watching For Dummies [Paperback]

Bill Thompson
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Book Description

Oct. 6 1997 For Dummies
Millions of people worldwide enjoy bird watching; it offers them a chance to get back to nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Bird Watching For Dummies 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 “life list,” you’ll find all the tips and advice you need right here.

Whether you’ve been bird watching for years or you’re just starting out, Bird Watching For Dummies has all your bases covered. It’s full of practical tips and proven advice to make your bird watching experiences as fun and rewarding as possible. It’s your first aid kit for finding, identifying, feeding, and even housing birds. Plus, there’s more:

  • Designing a bird-friendly backyard
  • Purchasing bird feeders, birdhouses, binoculars, clothing, and more
  • Keeping notes and records of the birds you spot
  • Joining bird clubs, taking field trips, and attending bird festivals
  • Booking bird watching tours that fit your budget and expertise
  • Choosing and using field guides

You won’t find a more straightforward and reliable bird watching guide than this one. Written by Bill Thompson III, and the staff of Bird Watcher’s Digest, 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:

  • Tackling pests and other feeder problems
  • Bird-friendly gardening tips
  • Optics and how to use them
  • Birding by habitat and hotspots
  • Songs, calls, and non-vocal identifying sounds
  • Attracting and spotting hummingbirds
  • Understanding the terminology
  • Dressing for success

If you need help getting started in your new hobby, or you’re an old hand who just wants a quick-and-easy reference, Bird Watching For Dummies 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 Bird Watcher’s Digest, this handy resource is the only bird watching guide you need.

NOTE: Birdwatching For Dummies no longer contains a 32 page color insert.

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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!"
–Janet Leigh, Actress and Author

"Bill Thompson’s 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

If you’d like to get back to nature and join the millions of bird watching enthusiasts worldwide, let Bird Watching For Dummies take you on a private tour of the beautiful bird kingdom that will take your breath away!

Inside, you’ll 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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I accompany Rodger Titman, my ornithological sidekick, on leading a field trip of bird-watchers of all ages and experience, we usually find it prudent to split the group between us. After all, how many self-respecting birds are going to hang about with the harangue and hubbub of a humongous herd of humans?! Not just because Rodger is a much more experienced birder than me, I generally volunteer to lead the group of total neophytes. While we might not spot those rare, exciting species, I simply find it satisfying to turn people onto birding and to teach them the basic ingredients of such a pleasurable hobby. No question asked of me is ever judged in my mind to be "dumb"! Moreover, I have never referred to anyone in any of my groups as a "dummy". So don't be insulted if I insist that you rush out to your favourite nature or better book store and buy a brand-new book called Bird Watching for Dummies. Written by Bill Thompson III, editor of a classy popular magazine called Bird Watcher's Digest (BWD), Bird Watching for Dummies is probably the best book you're ever gonna read on this subject! Gosh, I wish I'd written it! Part of the award-winning ...For Dummies(R) series (remember Computers for Dummies?) published by IDG Books World-wide, Inc., this so-easy-to-read-that-it's-funny volume contains information on just about every aspect of bird-watching you can think of. Want some examples? How to design and maintain a bird-friendly yard with feeders, baths, gardens and houses. Where to obtain all your birding needs. How to identify both eastern and western birds from hummers to herons and even recognize birds by their songs. How to go beyond just bird-watching locally by participating in bird counts, tours and festivals. There's much more. Read more ›
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Bill Thompson has written an absolutely splendid guide for the person who knows little about birds except what they see out the window or left on the hood of their car. The book is basic enough that the neophyte can start from zero and work their way up, but organized in a way that an "intermediate" can find real value too. I'm not a hard core birder so I can't speak to how one might view the book.
The text is easily readable, not boring and zips along with more than the occasional joke, witticism or bad pun. Truly, the humor is well placed and Thompson writes in a semi-self deprecatory manner that is refreshing for an expert in any field.
What I liked most was the practical aspect of helping someone start from scratch in attracting birds to their yard through choices of feeds, plantings, open spaces and other ideas. I'm convinced that if you want to attract birds this book will help you do so. A bonus was the color section of high quality photographs of Thompson's favorite birds.
The book even had a nice little section on birding ettiquette for the unititiated who might find themselves in company with veterans. Always good to know what to say or not.
With the possible exception of bird haters, I think almost anyone would enjoy this book. Well, maybe not Tippy Hedrin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like five bird books for the price of one. April 15 1998
By A Customer
In the tradition of the Dummies series, IDG has again sought out the best author in the field in producing Bird Watching for Dummies. Bill Thompson is clearly at the top of bird watching. Readers are rewarded with his storehouse of knowledge presented in a delightful and witty style. No turnstone is left untouched as Thompson covers every aspect of birding for every level of interest. Casual birders will find the book extremely informative and enlightening. Serious bird enthusiasts will discover tips and trivia that will enhance their knowledge and renew their enthusiasm. Thompson's personal love of bird watching is visible in his ability to provide descriptions and details as colorfull as the artwork and photogrophy you'll find throughout the book. More extensive than a field guide and more interesting than a how-to book. It's like getting five bird books for the price of one. You'll find yourself referring to it again and again.
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Like others in the hard-headed but helpful "Dummies" series, Bill Thompson's solid, funny and unerringly instructive birding primer is something you can't imagine being without, once you've had it in your hands. For a true novice, the book offers down-to-earth solid information, tips, and the fine example of an expert with humor and humility. For the experienced birding enthusiast, Thompson opens avenues to better optics, resources and tips for refining skills, and the gentle encouragement to take more patience, more study, and more pure joy in bird-watching. And for every birder, hours of pleasure, very solid information and great fun. Every time I pick up this book I like it more!
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By A Customer
Not only is Bird Watching for Dummies well-written in an easy-to-read conversational style, but it's jam-packed with tips, ideas, and information for all levels of bird watchers. Bill Thompson covers every topic imaginable about birding--from how to get started identifying birds; how to attract birds with feeders, nest boxes, and landscaping; how to select binocluars, scopes, and field guides; as well as helpful info about birding tours, festivals, research, and birding on-line. If you have questions about birds and birding, this book has the answers! I plan to give copies to my birding friends and family members for Christmas and birthdays this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars husband is enjoying it
I bought this for my husband who has taken up birdwatching. He seems to be really enjoying it and keeps telling me little things he has learned.
Published 6 months ago by Carol Ann Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird Watch
This book looks great. Haven't read it all but flipped thru it and looks awesome. What I have read looks like the information I will require for bird watching
Published 7 months ago by LORI ARNOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, fun to read, every birder needs it!
I have never spent my money on a better book! This book got me into birdwatching and nature. In "Bird Watching for Dummies," Bill Thompson, III introduces you to his... Read more
Published on May 28 2001 by "ckellerman"
5.0 out of 5 stars The dummy speaks
I have thoroughly enjoyed Bill Thompson's book. It's rare when you can find a book that is so informational and completely entertaining as well. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A great how-to guide for bird watching and bird feeding!
This book gave me the confidence I needed to become more active in birdwatching. If you want to attract more birds to your backyard, this book gives you practical how-to-do-it... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and factual
Mr. Thompson has written a book that beginners will like for its information and clarity while more advanced birdwatchers will enjoy for it fresh insight and humor. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 1998 by Donovan Shipp(90125base@mailexcite.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening
Into a universe of bird watching books that is characterized by tomes that are technically correct, tedious and bound to discourage participation in this wonderful activity by the... Read more
Published on April 26 1998 by Dr. Eric J. Fitch (fitche@marietta.edu)
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you not like this book?!
While I read this book cover to cover, as I found its conversational style charming and entertaining, I find myself constantly refering to it. Read more
Published on March 22 1998
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