Birding at the Bridge

In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Birding at the Bridge

Bright lights, big city, and . . . birds? The Brooklyn Bridge once overshadowed a decaying industrial waterfront, but today it points the way to a new green oasis: Brooklyn Bridge Park. When avid birder Heather Wolf moved from tropical Florida to a nearby apartment, she wondered how many species she might see there, and soon came to a surprising realization: Not only is the park filled with an astonishing variety of birds, but the challenges that come with urban birding make them even more fun—and rewarding—to find. Camera in hand, Heather has captured scores of memorable scenes—a European starling pokes its head out of a hole in a snack shop, a marsh wren straddles two branches, common grackle nestlings clamor for food above the basketball courts—in more than 150 stunning photographs that will entrance birders and bird lovers, wherever their local patch may be. From the familiar-but-striking bufflehead duck to the elusive mourning warbler, every species comes to life on the page, foraging, nesting, and soaring in the slice of the city where they’ve made themselves at home. Discover the thrilling adventure of birding in the great outdoors—in the heart of Brooklyn.

Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico

Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico

In their second guide to birding in New Mexico, Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey share their experiences and intimate knowledge of the best places to find birds in and around Santa Fe and other areas in northern New Mexico. Following the same format as their book on the Albuquerque area, the authors describe 32 sites organized by geographic regions. Along with a general description of each area, the authors list target birds; explain where and when to look for them; give driving directions; provide information about public transportation, parking, fees, restrooms, food, and lodging; and give tips on availability of water and picnic facilities and on the presence of hazards such as poison ivy, rattlesnakes, and bears. Maps and photographs provide trail diagrams and images of some of the target birds and their environments. A “helpful information” section covering weather, altitude, safety, transportation, and other local birding resources is included along with an annotated checklist of 276 bird species seen with some regularity in and around Santa Fe.

Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast

Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

A lavishly illustrated guide to the rich avian treasures of the Upper Texas Coast offers expert birders and beginners alike information on where to find the very best birding venues on this part of the Texas coast, with information on trails, habitats, seasonal changes, bird species, and more.

I'd Rather Be Birding

I'd Rather Be Birding

June Osborne really would rather be birding than doing just about anything else, and in this charming book of personal reflections, she leads readers through backyards and river bottoms, far and near, savoring the colors, sounds, and playful busy-ness of American Robins, Hooded Orioles, Vermilion Flycatchers, Common Loons, Varied Thrushes, and a hundred other feathered friends. Osborne has introduced thousands of home owners to their common backyard birds. In her book’s opening chapter “Exploring the Backyard,” she features birds people are likely to see around their (mostly) Texas homes. She also introduces some birding tricks of the trade, such as “pishing” and birding by ear. “Travel Is for the Birds,” she shares her birding and nature experiences traveling to such places as Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Costa Rica, as well as to Arizona and Minnesota in the United States. Her final chapter, “In Love with a River,” chronicles Osborne’s long “love affair” with the Frio River in the Texas Hill Country, where, in April, she is resident birder at Neal’s Lodges, a familiar birding site and stop of the Nature Quest festival held in the Hill Country every spring. Osborne writes with an intimate style that often involves her life journey as well as her bird encounters. While giving us a glimpse of one woman’s spiritual growth through her experiences with birds and nature, Osborne also conveys a wealth of information about birds, both familiar and exotic, and about the enjoyment one can have in getting to know them.

Birding the Southwestern National Parks

Birding the Southwestern National Parks

In this book, veteran parks interpreter Wauer introduces the pleasures of birding in the national parks of the American Southwest. From California to Texas, from hugely popular destinations such as Arizona's Grand Canyon to the mostly undiscovered shores of Amistad National Recreation Area, Wauer visits fourteen sites and gives his advice on what birds to expect and where and how to find them.16 color photos. 41 b&w drawings.

The Big Year

A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

The Big Year

Follows the 1998 Big Year competition between Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller, during which the three rivals risked their lives to set a new North American birding record.

Birdwatching in Vermont

Birdwatching in Vermont

The definitive how-to guide to watching and enjoying birds in Vermont including a special section for beginners.

Birding Rocky Mountain National Park

Birding Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a destination for birders from around the world. No other locale offers such ready access to the pristine high-elevation habitat required by species such as White-tailed Ptarmigan, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, Blue Grouse, Gray Jay, Black Swift, Northern Pygmy-owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson's Sapsucker, Band-tailed Pigeon, and Pine Grosbeak. In Birding Rocky Mountain National Park, author Scott Roederer takes you on a tour of the Park's best birding areas. In great detail, he describes where to find the most sought-after birds of the montane forests and alpine tundra. From when to go to where to park, he'll lead you to specific places to find White-tailed Ptarmigan on Trail Ridge Road and to an out-of-the-way part of the Park where Black Swifts are regularly sighted roadside. He'll show you how to make the most of an all-too-short vacation by telling you where to find the best birding for the most species. Join him on a world-class birding adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society

The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society

"Delightful." BOOKLIST "Readers will laugh at the antics of steel magnolia vigilante justice as the tea-toting, bible-quoting ladies fumble and bumble in their endeavor to protect their cohort and town . . . . the classic good rural vs. evil-urban premise makes for a fine, polite (sort of like a southern contemporary Arsenic and Old Lace) . . . tale." - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews Coconut cake, grits, poisoned turtle stew and bird-watching . . . the ladies of tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia share a lot of interests, including murder. Retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a Yankee, picked the wrong Southern woman to trick, bully and steal from. The members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society plot revenge after the judge's marriage to their friend, Sweet, turns out to be a greedy grab for her land and for control of their town. To the rescue: Beulah, Zion and Wildwood (all named after hymns, as is Sweet). The only problem? The wannabe murderers are southern matrons from a more civilized generation. How does one remain polite even while planning to kill a man and get away with it? Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of these southern novels also from Bell Bridge Books SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN MUSIC FROM BEYOND THE MOON RIVER JORDAN RESTING IN THE BOSOM OF THE LAMB SWAN PLACE PRAISE JERUSALEM!

The Rough Guide to Costa Rica

The Rough Guide to Costa Rica

The new, full-colour Rough Guide to Costa Rica, now available in PDF, is the definitive travel guide to this incredible country, with expert information on everything from magnificent national parks to lively cultural festivals and wild beaches. An in-depth field guide with stunning colour photography explores Costa Rica's incomparable wildlife, and easy-to-use maps, reliable advice on how to get around, and up-to-date reviews of the best hotels, eco-lodges, restaurants, bars, clubs and shops - for all budgets - ensure that you won't miss a thing. Discover Costa Rica's highlights, with detailed practical advice on what to see and do throughout the country, from turtle-watching in Tortuguero to surfing in Santa Teresa, hiking and ziplining through the Monteverde cloudforests to exploring the breathtaking biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula. Make the most of your time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Costa Rica now available in ePub format.