Western Birds Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New

Western Birds by Bill Thompson

Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New

Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781591865551
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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, Western 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 West, 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 Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
 
Look for our other backyard bird guides covering the Mid-Atlantic, South, Northeast, and Midwest regions of the 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, 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.

http://billofthebirds.blogspot.com

Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781591865551
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 5 in x 8 in x 0.5 in / 127 mm x 203.2 mm x 12.7 mm
Published:
Welcome to Bird Watching in the West
Creating a Habitat
Profiles of Backyard Birds of the West
Hawks
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Pigeons & Doves
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Swifts & Hummingbirds
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Woodpeckers
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Crows & Jays
Gray Jay
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Swallows
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chickadees & Titmice
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak & Juniper Titmouse
Bushtit
Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Wrens
House Wren
Thrushes
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Starlings
European Starling
Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Sparrows
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Cardinals & Buntings
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orioles & Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Finches
Purple & Cassin’s Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
Weaver Finches
House Sparrow
Birding Hotspots for the West
Birds I’ve Spotted 
Resources
Index
Meet Bill Thompson III