Bill Thompson III, one of Ohio’s foremost birding experts, has published a bird-watching guide specific to the Midwest.
Midwestern Birds Backyard Guide is geared toward beginners, offering them tips for attracting, observing and identifying birds. Thompson, editor of the magazine Bird Watcher’s Digest, offers guidance on such basics as choosing binoculars, creating a backyard habitat and feeding birds.
He also whets the appetites of novice birders by providing pictures and descriptions of 55 birds they’re likely to see in Midwestern backyards. He describes markings, sounds and behaviors that help in identifying the birds and explains where the birds are typically found, where they nest and what people can do to encourage them to visit.
There’s even a list of birding hot spots in the Midwest for those who are ready to venture beyond their yards.
Midwestern Birds Backyard Guide is published by Cool Springs Press and sells for $17.99 in paperback.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge