Most bird watchers focus on song birds and other diurnal birds, but if you're looking for ways to enrich your animal observation experiences, consider watching owls. Owls are mysterious and aloof creatures, and if you don't know where to look, when to look, or how to look, you're not likely to spot any. Now there's a new book available that teaches all the basics of owl watching: Guide to Owl Watching in North America
by noted owl expert Donald S. Heintzelman. Released from Dover Publications at the end of December, 2011, the book explains many aspects of owl watching. From habitats and preferred foods to typical behaviors, you'll learn a lot about owls that might lurk in the shadows near your own home. Snowy owls, screech owls, barn owls, great gray owls, potted owls, great horned owls, and other common North American owl species are described, and tips for finding and viewing each one are included. The book also explores owl-watching sites in 40 U.S. states and Canada.
Owl watching equipment such as telescopes, pellet bags, flashlights, and recording equipment is also described in great detail, and various types and methods of owl watching are outlined. Seasonal migrations, conservation issues, and environmental adaptations are explored, as well. Eighty-four illustrations and photographs help bring the text of the book to life. Donald S Heintzelman's Guide to Owl Watching in North America is a great book for any bird watcher, and it's especially enjoyable for the animal lover who is looking for something a little off the beaten track!