Book Review: How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd

About:
How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding by Ted Floyd is a book which intends to inform novice and enthusiasts alike. Mr. Floyd is the editor of Birding Magazine and, of course, an avian aficionado himself.

  • 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426220030

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Thoughts:
I know next to nothing about birds, sometimes I wish I knew more, especially when out in nature with the kids. Not to worry though, that doesn’t happen very often.
But I always enjoy learning new stuff.

How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding by Ted Floyd consists of short, readable sections on many types of bird. It is clear from the writing that the author is not only knowledgeable, but also very enthusiastic about every word printed.

I was expecting an off-the-shelf bird watching field guide, with pictures, stats and identifiers – but this is not this type of book. Instead I got a memoir / guide, which allowed me to appreciate birds more than I ever thought would be possible for me.

For a novice like myself, I enjoyed the introductory section which talked about birds that I often see in my back yard. As a technologist, the section of how technology changed ornithology was especially fascinating.

Even though bird watching has changed with the times, Mr. Floyd does insist that some things do stay the same. Learn as much as you can and appreciate nature for what it is.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours
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