The essential companion to any birder's field guide
Birdwatching is for everyone. No other outdoor pursuit yields so much knowledge of nature’s ways with so little effort—if one knows what to look for. Birding for Beginners opens the world of birding to the novice in this complete guide to getting the most out of birding.
This updated edition includes a new chapter on birding online and features detailed chapters on equipment, identification techniques, birding “by ear,” where to view birds, field guides, optics, and other essentials to get the beginner quickly into the field to identify birds. Especially valuable are chapters on bird behaviors such as feeding, flight, courting and breeding, nesting, and migration—informing the beginner not only about what kind of bird is on the other end of the binoculars, but what it is up to as well.
Sheila Buff, a freelance writer and a passionate birder, is the author of several books, including The Birder’s Sourcebook and The Birdfeeder’s Handbook (both Lyons Press).
1 Finding and Watching Birds
2 Getting Around Your Field Guide
3 Identifying Birds
4 Birding by Ear
5 Bird Behavior
6 Seeing More Birds
7 Checklists and Lists
8 Optics for Birders
9 Birding in the Field
10 Further Adventures in Birding