Editor Lisa White has compiled a decent collection of short essays by leading birders on a wide range of topics. These are articles that will overwhelm a casual birder with extreme detail. They are simple, often humorous takes on making the best of whatever birding experiences you choose to have, starting with the mix of seeds you put in a feeder out back. Each writer tosses in a few hundred words on a different topic. Their advice includes how to be a better observer and note-taker, choosing practical optics, and whether organized tours are right for you.
I watch birds but don’t maintain a life list. That’s my shame as a birder. This book addresses that, too. One of the essays suggests alternate lists for folks not interested in a single, all-encompassing list. It was interesting, but I’ll likely never get around to those either.