Beginning Birding, Mindfulness, Photography

Books for Birding Adventures

Purchase Lessons from a Birdbrain books directly from the author or from Amazon. Kindle and Apple eBooks are also available.

Books about Ohio Birds

Just in time for the holidays, makes a great gift for residents of Ohio and the Midwest! Features 21 birds found in each season along with “Birdbrain Lessons.” All seasons available directly from the author with a new “shop” feature on the website. Also available on Amazon and Apple, including eBooks.

Mindful Birding book cover

Mindful Birding: A Beginner’s Guide

NEW and available now for purchase! Mindful Birding: A Beginner’s Guide features birds of Seattle, Washington. It’s the first of its kind—a “you choose” book.

You choose! books

Laura will write a book or books on your home area or your favorite bird or bird species. Use the contact form if interested!

Books about Belize Birds

This lovely Crimson-collared Tanager is featured along with 20 other birds in another “Lessons from a Birdbrain.” PAPERBACK self published ‘beta’ and eBook versions NOW AVAILABLE for Kindle and Apple.

HUGE THANKS TO our friends, Kate and Robert Watts at Three By the Sea for hosting wonderful trips. Their guest house is officially open and amazing, check it out!

photo of Laura McDermott


Laura McDermott

Laura published her first book, Lessons from a Birdbrain: Summer, Ohio in November, 2020. She is a beginning birder, photographer and student of mindfulness in her free time. Check out updates on Tiktok, Insta, and even LinkedIn for news!

Birdbrain Blog

Wood Thrush Audio Recharge

Bird calls tell primitive areas of our brains there are no predators nearby. I always find Wood Thrush calls relaxing. Watch on TikTok.

Wood Thrush
Click image to watch on TikTok

Birding Applications Tip is a cool website that tracks the migration volume and direction of birds as they start to move. Some are moving within the states, others are heading much further south…to Central and even South America.

Red-winged Blackbird sings for territory

Photography Tip

The best light of the day for bird photography is generally the couple of hours around when the sun is rising and when the sun is setting. In each case, the birds are relatively more active, foraging for food and moving around to pose for photos.

Enjoying the rising sun cuz it’s COLD in Ohio!

Lights Out – up for fall

A group of dedicated volunteers is back on the streets this fall. Lights Out team members gather data to support efforts toward reducing lights in large cities to minimize bird collisions during migration Check out the Columbus Lights Out website for more details.

“Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on their way between their breeding and overwintering grounds. Most species of songbirds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings or aimed at the sky can disorient them and draw them into buildings. This causes many birds…to strike windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion. A recent study estimated that as many as 1 billion birds die each year in the United States from building collisions.”

Ohio Lights Out
Lights Out Columbus

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