ERIC A. MASTERSON was vice president of development and nature tours at New Hampshire Audubon. He currently serves on the New Hampshire Rare Bird Committee and is a seasonal editor for the quarterly journal New Hampshire Bird Records.
"One of the keys to bird watching, which he discusses in his book,
is that sighting birds is not always a matter of happy accident.
Luck plays a part, but he's learned over the years that you can
better your chances by knowing when birds migrate, their preferred
habitats and stopping points. "It's a game of timing and weather
and geographic location," he observed. "It's a learned skill when
things are going to occur, and where they're going to
"In addition to tips on how to recognize the best birding weather, what times of day are best and how to use binoculars or telescopes, Masterson devotes a chapter to each of six regions of the state. Maps show how to reach many of the best birdwatching sites and Masterson includes descriptions of what birds are likely to be seen at each location. Each chapter includes Masterson's personal anecdotes about his own experiences in the area. He also writes at length about how weather can impact a day of birding -- how wind patterns, cold fronts and warm fronts at different times of the year can make all the difference when it comes to spotting birds in the field."--Manadnock Ledger Transcript