22 May 2012
Book Review: How to Be a Better Birder
How To Be A Better Birder by Derek Lovitch is a fascinating read for any birder but especially for the beginner to intermediate birder. Lovitch covers chapters that include Birding by Habitat, Birding and Weather, and Vagrants to name a few. His philosophy is that of other bird experts that the best way to confirm ID is to use the "Whole Bird Approach."
The chapters on weather and birding at night will help beginners with the inside knowledge on bird migration. I especially like Lovitch's easy approach to technical information. His voice is always that of a friendly birder that you may find in the field, giving wisdom on how to find rarities and where to go birding by looking at maps and not just relying on birding hotspots.
This easy to read tome is one that all beginner and intermediate birders should read. Lovitch dispenses useful information and allows the reader to take the examples given and apply them on their home turf. Plus, the in-depth resource list will allow the reader a quick way to access more information than provided. I think this book is a great addition to any birders library.
This review copy was provided by Princeton University Press.