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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to birdwatching
Author:
Buff, Sheila.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alpha, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxii, 409 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm + 1 foldout chart (46 x 36 cm)
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780028631066
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A collection of advice on birdwatching which covers identification, supplies, and backyard feeding. The book is part of the COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE series.


Author Notes

Sheila Buff is a freelance writer specializing in natural history, gardening, & the outdoors. She is the author of "The Great Tomato Book", "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Birdwatching", "The Birder's Sourcebook", "The Birdfeeder's Handbook", & many other titles. She lives & gardens on five acres in Milan, New York,


Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to Birdwatchingp. 1
1 Why Birds?p. 3
The Joy of Birdingp. 3
Today's Birdersp. 4
Hobby or Sport?p. 5
The Birds in Your Lifep. 5
The Science of Birdsp. 5
Birding and the Environmentp. 6
Birding Economicsp. 7
Fun in the Fieldp. 7
2 Getting Startedp. 9
Looking for Mr. Goodbird: How to Use Your Binocsp. 9
Taking a Closer Lookp. 10
Getting on the Birdsp. 11
Flipping Through Your Field Guidep. 12
Playing the Fieldp. 13
Using Your Field Guidep. 14
Where Are the Birds?p. 15
Finding Feathered Friendsp. 16
Being an Ethical Birderp. 16
3 Your First Field Tripp. 19
Where to?p. 19
Your Birding Wardrobep. 21
Finding the Birds in the Fieldp. 22
To PishPishPish or Not to PishPishPishp. 24
Blinded by the Birdsp. 24
Follow the Leaderp. 24
Clocking Inp. 26
Finding Guidesp. 26
What's Bugging You?p. 26
Look, but Don't Touchp. 27
Part 2 Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird!p. 29
4 May I See Your ID, Please?p. 31
I See It! Now What?p. 31
Find the Field Marksp. 32
Your Basic Birdp. 33
Size Does Matterp. 34
Getting in Shapep. 35
Tailing Offp. 35
In Living Colorp. 36
Head Tripsp. 36
Filling the Billp. 36
Making Headlinesp. 38
The Body of Knowledgep. 39
On the Wingp. 39
A Feeling for Feetp. 40
Where Are You?p. 41
Where's the Bird?p. 42
What's It Doing?p. 42
I Can Resist Everything Except Temptationp. 42
5 Location, Location, Locationp. 45
Ranging Afieldp. 45
Home on the Rangep. 46
Get in the Habitat Habitp. 46
Birding by Habitatp. 47
A Niche for Everyonep. 48
Edges and Hedgesp. 48
Swamps and Marshesp. 49
Hotspots: Where the Birds Arep. 50
6 Birding Through the Yearp. 51
Understanding Migrationp. 51
Who Migrates?p. 52
Flyways and Migrant Trapsp. 53
Migration and the Weatherp. 54
Spring: Welcome Backp. 55
The Lazy Days of Summerp. 56
Fall Farewellp. 56
Winter: Birding in the Coldp. 57
Enjoying Irruptionsp. 57
Crazy Mixed-Up Birdsp. 58
7 Understanding Bird Behaviorp. 61
Table Mannersp. 61
Eating Like a Birdp. 63
The Birds and the Beesp. 65
Keep Off!p. 67
Don't Distract Mep. 68
What Big Eyes You Havep. 68
Preening and Cleaningp. 69
Birds on the Wingp. 69
Part 3 Keeping Trackp. 71
8 Putting the Pigeons in the Right Holesp. 73
Nine Thousand Ways to Be a Birdp. 73
Name That Birdp. 75
Common Namesp. 76
Being Specificp. 77
It's Splitsvillep. 77
Who's in Charge Here?p. 79
9 List Maniap. 81
Check!p. 81
Checking It Outp. 85
Important Checklist Abbreviationsp. 86
The Value of Listingp. 87
You and Your Life Listp. 88
Checklist Areasp. 88
List Lustp. 89
Lots of Listsp. 89
Listing Softwarep. 90
Birding Journalsp. 91
Part 4 Tools for Birdingp. 93
10 Optics: Binoculars and Spotting Scopesp. 95
Binoculars: Don't Leave Home Without Themp. 95
Raising the Roofp. 98
Choosing Binocularsp. 99
Birding with Your Binsp. 101
Binocular Extrasp. 101
Scoping Out the Right Spotting Scopep. 101
Traveling with Opticsp. 103
Making a Differencep. 103
11 Birding by Earp. 105
Learning to Listenp. 105
Do Heard Birds Count?p. 106
How to Home Inp. 106
Songs, Chips, and Chirpsp. 107
Singin' a Songp. 107
Call Mep. 108
Bring in da Noisep. 109
Learning Bird Soundsp. 109
Birdsong Mnemonicsp. 110
Easy Listeningp. 112
Eavesdropping on the Birdsp. 114
12 Other Cool Birding Gearp. 117
Voting with Your Feetp. 117
Packing It Inp. 119
Roger, Overp. 120
Weather Radiosp. 120
Other Cool Stuffp. 120
13 Basics of Bird Photographyp. 123
Join the Crowdp. 123
Investing in Your Camerap. 123
L-o-o-ong Lensesp. 124
I'm Ready for My Close-Up Nowp. 126
Hunting with Your Camerap. 126
Ethical Photographyp. 128
What to Do with Your Picturesp. 128
Buying Picturesp. 128
Part 5 That Family Feelingp. 131
14 Hawk Watchingp. 133
Wrapped Up in Raptorsp. 133
Know Your Hawksp. 134
Kites: Poetry in Motionp. 134
Accipiters: Hawks of the Forestp. 135
Buteos: Soaring on the Windp. 135
Eagles: Size Does Countp. 136
Falcons: Masters of Flightp. 136
Northern Harrier: The Hawk of the Marshesp. 137
Osprey: Fish Talesp. 137
Vultures: the Raptors That Aren'tp. 137
Hawks in Flightp. 139
Finding Hawks to Watchp. 140
Migrating Hawksp. 141
15 Owl Prowlsp. 145
Owls: The Eyes Have Itp. 145
Who-o-o-o Are You?p. 147
Seeing Owlsp. 148
Going on an Owl Prowlp. 151
16 Sorting Out the Shorebirdsp. 153
A Day at the Beachp. 153
Birding at the Beachp. 156
Shorebird Familiesp. 157
Plowing Through the Ploversp. 157
Sorting Out the Sandpipersp. 158
Other Shorebirdsp. 161
Shorebird Migrationp. 162
17 Terns and Gullsp. 165
Meet the Laridsp. 165
One Good Tern Deserves Anotherp. 166
Where the Gulls Arep. 167
Gull Plumage: The Wonder Yearsp. 168
Guessing at the Gullsp. 168
Larids on the Lamp. 170
Nesting Coloniesp. 171
How Gullible Are You?p. 172
18 Ducks and Geesep. 173
Waterfowl Factsp. 173
Duck!p. 174
Wood Ducks and Whistlersp. 176
Digging Up Ducksp. 177
Getting Goosedp. 178
Swanning Aroundp. 179
Loony Tunesp. 180
Isn't That Just Duckyp. 180
Waterfowl Migrationp. 180
Making a Differencep. 181
19 Warblers, Warblers, Warblers!p. 183
Welcome to Warbler Worldp. 183
Woods + Water = Warblersp. 184
Which Warbler?p. 184
Watching Warblersp. 187
Head Gamesp. 187
Layers of Warblersp. 188
Warblers by Earp. 190
Warbler Wavesp. 190
Confusing Fall Warblersp. 191
20 Hummingbirds: Tiny Terrorsp. 193
Life in the Fast Lanep. 193
Living Dynamosp. 196
Nectar of the Godsp. 197
Hum a Few Barsp. 199
Hot-Dogging Hummersp. 199
Love 'em and Leave 'emp. 200
How Hummers Hoverp. 201
Heading Southp. 201
Hummers Far from Homep. 201
The World's Smallest Birdp. 202
Where to See Hummingbirdsp. 202
21 Sparrows: Little Brown Birdsp. 205
Sparing Time for Sparrowsp. 205
On the Fringep. 206
The Spurious Sparrowp. 206
Sorting Out the Sparrowsp. 207
Little Brown Birds: Separating the Sparrowsp. 209
Spotting Sparrowsp. 212
Spaced-Out Sparrowsp. 213
22 Birds of the Ocean Bluep. 215
Far-Out Birdsp. 215
Taking in the Tubenosesp. 216
Flying over the Seap. 217
ABC's of Albatrossesp. 217
Sheer Pleasure: Shearwatersp. 218
Peeking at Petrelsp. 219
Puffins!p. 220
All About Alcidsp. 220
Sea Birds from the Shorep. 222
Boat Trips for Birdersp. 222
Sailing, Sailing, Over the Ocean Bluep. 223
Chummingp. 224
Bonus Points: Marine Mammalsp. 225
Part 6 Your Backyard Bird Habitatp. 227
23 The Backyard Bird Buffetp. 229
Best Backyard Birdsp. 229
Eating Like a Birdp. 231
Mix Your Ownp. 233
Buying and Storing Your Seedp. 234
Favorite Feedersp. 235
What's Your Hang-Up?p. 238
Here, Birds!p. 239
Brushing Up Your Feederp. 239
Keep On Feedin'p. 240
Chewing the Fat: Suet Feedersp. 240
Chef's Specialsp. 241
Egg Headsp. 242
Keeping a Backyard Journalp. 243
Backyard Biologyp. 243
24 In the Good Old Summertimep. 245
The Sweet Taste of Successp. 245
Sweet Surprisesp. 247
Fruitful Ideasp. 249
Bringing Up Babyp. 249
Got Those Hungry Bluesp. 249
Live Baitp. 250
So Suet Mep. 251
25 Feeder Pests and Problemsp. 253
Keep It Cleanp. 253
In Sickness and in Healthp. 254
Duking It Outp. 254
Squirrels!p. 255
Cat-astrophep. 259
Bad Birdsp. 260
Hungry Hawksp. 261
A Plethora of Pestsp. 261
Unsafe at Any Seedp. 262
Window Strikesp. 262
26 Wet and Wildp. 265
Taking a Bathp. 265
Hey, Misterp. 267
Winter Waterp. 268
Dusting Offp. 268
It's a Naturalp. 269
If You Build It, They Will Comep. 269
Making a Differencep. 270
27 Equal Opportunity Housingp. 271
Where Birds Nestp. 271
Habitat for Housingp. 272
Nesting Box Basicsp. 272
Sizing Up Your Nesting Boxesp. 274
Building Boxesp. 275
Slumming Itp. 275
Feathering the Nestp. 278
Watch the Birdiep. 279
On the Shelfp. 280
The Bluebirds of Happinessp. 281
The Swallows of Summerp. 282
Martins Move Inp. 283
Resident Raptorsp. 283
Wood Ducksp. 284
Roosting Sitesp. 284
Going Battyp. 284
28 Gardening for the Birdsp. 287
A Garden Spot for Birdsp. 287
Elevated Thoughtsp. 288
Lose the Lawnp. 288
In the Zonep. 290
Plants for Birdsp. 291
Humming Along: Hummingbird Plantsp. 294
Float Like a Butterflyp. 294
Bird-Safe Gardeningp. 297
Gimme Shelterp. 297
Making a Differencep. 298
Part 7 Beyond the Backyardp. 301
29 Hotspots and Rare Birdsp. 303
Where the Birds Really Arep. 303
Hot Stuffp. 304
Visiting a Hotspotp. 305
Local Hotspotsp. 305
Rare, Rarer, Rarestp. 305
Rare Bird Alert!p. 306
Help! I've Seen a Rare Bird!p. 308
Cut to the Chasep. 308
30 Birders on Tourp. 311
Why Tour?p. 311
Choosing the Best Trip for You 312
Ecotourism and the Environmentp. 313
Service Tripsp. 313
Doing It Yourselfp. 314
Guiding Lightsp. 315
Mommy, Can't We Go to the Mall?p. 316
Squeezing in Some Birdingp. 316
31 Birding Eventsp. 319
Flocks of Birdersp. 319
Birding Festivalsp. 319
International Migratory Bird Dayp. 320
Competitive Birdingp. 321
Big Daysp. 321
North American Migration Countp. 322
Christmas Bird Countsp. 323
The Big Sitp. 324
Great Backyard Bird countp. 324
32 Volunteer Birdingp. 327
Making a Differencep. 327
Finding Volunteer Opportunitiesp. 328
Project FeederWatchp. 328
Cornell Nest Box Networkp. 330
Important Bird Areasp. 330
Atlas Projectsp. 331
Breeding Bird Surveyp. 331
Bird Bandingp. 332
33 Virtual Birdingp. 335
Computers and Listers: the Perfect Matchp. 335
Name That Birdp. 337
Singin' on the Webp. 337
Birding Onlinep. 338
Birding on the Webp. 342
34 Learning Morep. 345
Classy Birdingp. 345
Read All About Itp. 348
Books for Birdersp. 350
Libraries for Birdersp. 351
Get Stuffedp. 352
It's All Happening at the Zoop. 353
Appendices
A Birding Organizationsp. 355
B American Birding Association Code of Ethicsp. 357
C Rare Bird Alertsp. 359
D Birding Hotspotsp. 367
E Optics Manufacturersp. 373
F Your Basic Birding Bookshelfp. 375
G State and Provincial Birdsp. 381
H Glossaryp. 385
Indexp. 393

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