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Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide * Watching * Feeding * Landscaping * Nurturing - Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Mi (Backyard Guide)by Bill, III Thompson
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From the editor of the nation’s premier birding magazine, a no-nonsense, no-fluff quick guide to the birds you see every day.
Of all the classic American pastimes, perhaps none is as widely accessible as watching birds. Our unusually vast, diverse environmental landscape supports fascinating species and variations exclusive to each region of the country. But while birders often spend their efforts in search of the rarest creatures, some of the most beautiful and intriguing birds are the ones that frequent our backyards (or nearby) daily. For that reason, where other, larger volumes focus on bird types that the casual observer is never likely to encounter, Midwestern Birds concisely celebrates those species living under our very noses. Written by Bill Thompson III, the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, this portable 5"x8" book contains the same variety of entertaining and informative entries that make Bird Watcher’s Digest the nation’s most popular birding magazine. Inside, you’ll find profiles of the 55 most common birds in the Midwest, complete with large color photos, gender-specific physical descriptions, nesting and feeding information, bird call particulars, and interesting stories about each species. Thompson also introduces the reader to the basics of bird watching: essential gear, bird-friendly food and plantings, housing tips, and observational techniques.
This guide covers Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota .
Look for our other backyard bird guides covering the Mid-Atlantic, South, Northeast, and West regions of the United States.
Filled with beautiful photos and entertaining, informative entries, Midwestern Birds is the perfect no-nonsense quick guide for the 55 most common species in the Midwestern United States.
Bill Thompson III (Whipple, OH) is the editor and co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest. He’s also a keen birder, the author of many books, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, the host of the This Birding Life podcast (http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/podcasts/thisbirdinglife.php#episodes), a regular speaker and performer on the birding festival circuit, a gentleman farmer, and a fungi to be around. His North American life list is somewhere between 673 and 675. His favorite bird is the red-headed woodpecker. His “spark bird” was a snowy owl. He has watched birds in 25 countries and 44 states, but his favorite place to watch is on the 80-acre farm he shares with his wife, artist and writer Julie Zickefoose. Some kind person once called Bill “the Pied Piper of Birding” and he has been trying to live up to that moniker ever since.
Create a Bird Sanctuary in Your Own Backyard
Birding is one of America’s favorite hobbies, and with the help of Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide you can enjoy this fast-growing activity from the comfort of your own home and yard. Written by noted birding authority Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest, this convenient guidebook features all of the birds, both common and exotic, that you are likely to see in backyards anywhere in the Midwest.
– Large, full-color photos of featured birds
– Tips for attracting the birds you want (and how to keep them hanging around)
Whether you view birdwatching as a fun family activity or simply a way to make gazing out the window more interesting, this book is your key to a fascinating (and affordable) year-round hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Welcome to Bird Watching in the Midwest
Creating a Habitat
Profiles of Backyard Birds of the Midwest
Pigeons & Doves
Swifts & Hummingbirds
Crows & Jays
Chickadees & Titmice
Carolina & Black-capped Chickadee
Meet Bill Thompson III
American Tree Sparrow
Cardinals & Buntings
Orioles & Blackbirds
Birding Hotspots for the Midwest
Birds I’ve Spotted
What Our Readers Are Saying
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