Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide - Watching - Feeding - Landscaping - Nurturing - Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

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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. 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 ...

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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. 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.

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Meet the Author

Bill Thompson III(Whipple, OH) is the editor and co-publisher ofBird 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 theThis Birding Lifepodcast (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.http://billofthebirds.blogspot.com

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Bird Watching in the Midwest            
Creating a Habitat     
Profiles of Backyard Birds of the Midwest 

Hawks
Sharp-shinned Hawk            
Cooper’s Hawk          
Pigeons & Doves
Rock Pigeon   
Eurasian Collared-Dove       
Mourning Dove         

Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl            
Swifts & Hummingbirds
Chimney Swift           
Ruby-throated Hummingbird         

Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpecker    
Red-bellied Woodpecker      
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker    
Northern Flicker        
Pileated Woodpecker           

Flycatchers
Eastern Phoebe         

Crows & Jays
Blue Jay          
American Crow          

Swallows
Purple Martin            
Tree Swallow 
Barn Swallow 

Chickadees & Titmice
Carolina & Black-capped Chickadee           
Tufted Titmouse       

Nuthatches
White-breasted Nuthatch    
Red-breasted Nuthatch        

Wrens
Carolina Wren           
House Wren   

Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird       
Wood Thrush            
American Robin         

Mimids
Gray Catbird  
Northern Mockingbird         

Starlings
European Starling     

Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing         

Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler      
 
Tanagers
Scarlet Tanager         
 
Sparrows
Spotted Towhee        
Eastern Towhee        
Chipping Sparrow     
American Tree Sparrow      
Field Sparrow            
Song Sparrow            
White-throated Sparrow      
Dark-eyed Junco       

Cardinals & Buntings
Northern Cardinal    
Rose-breasted Grosbeak      
Indigo Bunting          

Orioles & Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbird          
Common Grackle       
Brown-headed Cowbird       
Baltimore Oriole        
Finches
Purple Finch  
House Finch   
Pine Siskin     
American Goldfinch  
Weaver Finches
House Sparrow          

Birding Hotspots for the Midwest   
Birds I’ve Spotted     
Resources       
Index  Meet Bill Thompson III          

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