Birding Adventures and Bird Book Reviews from The Otto Bookstore

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April 20, 2020 to June 30, 2020



Local Birding Spots

With over 400 species of wild birds in Pennsylvania, bird-watching can be an exciting natural treasure hunt which the whole family can enjoy. And you can get started right in your own backyard. After you learn to identify the varied birds close to home and learn their names, habits and even their vocalizations you can expand your birding into local neighborhood parks, nature preserves, state parks and forests. As you go farther afield you will encounter more species in more diverse habitats.

The natural, stunning beauty of Central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River Valley surrounds us on scenic country roads, in forest and farmland, and alongside miles of river and streams. There is no end of places to bird watch and here you'll find a list of some of the best spots to relax and watch for majestic Bald Eagles and other raptors, to listen for your favorite songbirds, and to spy perching birds or waterfowl as you  enlarge your familiarity with the great diversity of birds and habitats.

Local Birding Spots in the Susquehanna River Valley


Otto Bird Book

Bird Book Reviews by the Otto Bookstore

"Your bookseller has spent the morning feeling melancholy over all the sweet spring book offerings sitting on the display. I have always thought that our role was not only to help each of you readers find your perfect books, but also and equally, to bring all of our books to your attention. As I sat here at home listening to the birds heralding the day, I thought of one book that we could all gift to someone we love as they #stayhome during this Spring. All we need is one window, one feeder and eyes...and maybe this book. 
Peace, your book friend Alissa📚

Slim and affordable ($9.95) FEEDER BIRDS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA features Roger Tory Peterson's classic art in a larger format designed especially for the eighty million North Americans who watch and feed birds. This easy-to-use, at-a-glance guide simplifies identification by including only the birds that frequent feeders. And to make it even more convenient, the most commonly seen birds come first, followed by those that are harder to identify or that rarely visit feeders. Range maps, descriptions of birds and foods that attract them, types of feeders and where to place them, plantings that attract birds, and solutions to problems with squirrels and cats accompany the beautiful illustrations in this guide.

New Image

"For you, for your parents, or as a family share, we recommend this new release. 📚
The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why."

“Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. David Sibley’s exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life.  And while the text is aimed at adults, it is nontechnical, making it the perfect for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action.

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107 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701

Otto's is America's Oldest Independent Bookstore, established in 1841. They offer personalized service and free gift wrapping, along with a new books sale section and a large children's section. **Free contactless in-town deliveries and at-cost shipping on book orders (order via phone, email, website or Facebook). Gift certificates also available.

For more information about local birding connect with local Audubon group.


Seven Mountains Audubon

Seven Mountains Audubon is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society in the Lewisburg and Union county area of Pennsylvania surrounded by the beauty of the Central Susquehanna Valley. If you have an interest in the natural world, want to learn more about it, and want to help preserve it, join us! The Seven Mountains Audubon holds scheduled first Saturday morning bird walks as well as monthly meetings with birding presentations.

The Chapter was originally chartered in January 1974 and originally included “Union County and adjoining parts of Snyder, Center, and Northumberland Counties”. The name “Seven Mountains”  the area is “peppered with mountains” . The seven local mountains referenced in the original organizational meeting were “Jones Mountain, Nittany Mountain, Little Mountain, Jacks Mountain, Shamokin Mountain, Seven Notch Mountain, and Buffalo Mountain.” “Seven Mountains” is and has been a popular way of referring to the region west of Lewisburg since the 18th century. However, which specific mountains were the “original” seven mountains and even the origin of the local reference to the “seven mountains area” are not known but there are many theories.

Questions or Comments?

Send email to: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
Seven Mountains Audubon
P.O. Box 389
Lewisburg, PA 17837-0389





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