How to Be a Better Birder

This unique illustrated handbook provides all the essential tools you need to become a better birder. Here Derek Lovitch offers a more effective way to go about identification--he calls it the "Whole Bird and More" approach--that will enable you to identify more birds, more quickly, more of the time. He demonstrates how to use geography and an understanding of habitats, ecology, and even the weather to enrich your birding experience and help you find something out of the ordinary. Lovitch shows how to track nocturnal migrants using radar, collect data for bird conservation, discover exciting rarities, develop patch lists--and much more.

This is the ideal resource for intermediate and advanced birders. Whether you want to build a bigger list or simply learn more about birds, How to Be a Better Birder will take your birding skills to the next level.

  • Explains the "Whole Bird and More" approach to bird identification
  • Demonstrates how to use geography, habitats, ecology, and the weather to be a better birder
  • Shows how to bird at night using radar, collect conservation data, develop patch lists--and more
  • Offers essential tools for intermediate and advanced birders

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By Dorothy (Magnolia, TX) · ★★★★☆ · March 31, 2012
Birders, even non-competitive backyard birders like myself, are always looking for something that will give them that extra edge as they pursue their winged quarry for the purposes of identification and listing. Because, let me tell you, birding is hard. Birds almost never cooperate. They flit ar... ...more
By Chris (Waban, MA) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 16, 2013
As an avid birder with intermediate skills, I really wanted to learn from this book. Unfortunately, it contains very little advice, useful or otherwise. The best content is a few references to other sources, birdingonthe.Net and some books on bird migration. It did motivate me to spend some time... ...more
By Kerry (Sicklerville, NJ) · June 03, 2014
I have to put this on hold for a bit; I have too many library books and Book Club books to read at the moment. (6/3/14) ...more
By Heather · ★★★☆☆ · January 31, 2013
Started out promising, but the focus on rarities and eastern US birding didn't relate to my area. ...more
By Corrie (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · July 01, 2013
I think this book could be useful to all levels of birder, from those just starting out looking for and identifying birds, to more "expert" birders. I know that it has helped me become a better birder already, and I plan to look back through it in years to come. There is so much information and s... ...more