A gorgeously photographed trove of 111 ingenious tips for seeing more birds wherever you are – from crowd favourites (hummingbirds, owls, eagles) to species you've never spotted before
Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible – whether you're on the go or in your own neighbourhood, local park, or backyard. As Heather Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds – highly skilled at staying under the radar – are the stars. In Find More Birds, Heather shares her very best tactics – and the jaw-dropping photographs they helped her capture.
- Look for birds at their favourite "restaurants" – from leaf litter to berry bushes, and ball fields to small patches of mud.
- Watch for "tree bark" that moves . . . you may find it has feathers.
- Try simply sitting on the ground for a revealing new perspective.
Plus, special tips point the way to crowd favourites such as hummingbirds, owls, and eagles – and can't-miss bird behaviours. As your senses sharpen and "noticing" becomes second nature, Find More Birds will turn your daily routines into bird-finding adventures, too. Whether you're strolling down the block or parking your car, you never know what will surprise you next!
Chapter 1. Bird-finding basics
Chapter 2. Finding birds through tech support (Twitter, Instagram, eBird, apps)
Chapter 3. Finding birds by the clues they leave (eggs, feathers, tracks, drill holes, tree cavities, depressions in sand/dirt, poop)
Chapter 4. Finding birds while doing something else (shopping, driving, visiting friends, traveling)
Chapter 5. Finding birds acting crazy (courtship, mating, defense, raising young)
Chapter 6. Finding the birds you've always wanted to see (hummingbirds, owls, peregrine falcons, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, baby birds, etc.)
Chapter 7. Finding some awesome birds you might not have heard of (warblers, vireos, flycatchers, storks, spoonbills)
Chapter 8. Finding birds at their favorite "restaurants" (habitats such as dumps, landfills, playgrounds, airports)
Chapter 9. Finding birds through the community
Chapter 10. More ways to find birds
Chapter 11. Advanced bird-finding
Heather Wolf's love of birds was sparked while living on Florida's Gulf Coast, where she participated in the Florida Master Naturalist program and led walks for the Florida Trail Association. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a web developer for Cornell Lab of Ornithology and its eBird project. Her blog, brooklynbridgebirds.com, documents the birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she has recorded over 30,000 bird sightings of more than 130 species. A woman of many passions, Heather has taught thousands of people to juggle and won the 2015 NYC Intel IoT (Internet of Things) Hackathon for her design of a "smart" juggling ball. She is the author of Birding at the Bridge and 103 Ways to Find Birds.
"Heather Wolf is the perfect birding buddy: enthusiastic, experienced, and happy to share her hard-won wisdom for getting the most out of a day spent birding (or getting the most birds out of a day doing something else). Whether you're a novice or veteran, her 111 field-tested tips will make you a better, more successful birder."
– Scott Weidensaul, author of A World on the Wing
"Packed with excellent photos and tips, deeply relatable anecdotes, and a palpable sense of joy, this gem of a book will make you a better birder. If you're new to birding, let Heather welcome you into this hobby with open arms and set you up for success."
– Rosemary Mosco, author of A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching
"Find More Birds is a book I will turn to often for its great tips on finding birds, not in remote forests but right at home, at a melting drip from a snow bank or where mowed grass meets the forest. Look at a quivering bit of bark. Find the local dump, or children's playground. Don't forget to look up. Stay still and stay patient. Help others and ask for help yourself. It could be a guide for life, not just for seeing the birds that are all around us. Heather Wolf will be out birding in the rain but I might stay home and simply enjoy the wonderful photos in this book."
– Joan Strassmann, author of Slow Birding
"Let Heather Wolf help you open your heart and your senses to birds in all their glory. Wherever you live, you are surrounded by avian color, song, and drama every day – so pull back the curtain and take it all in!"
– David Jeffrey Ringer, birder, naturalist, writer, and former chief network and communications officer, National Audubon Society