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Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion : a Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds

Author: Pete Dunne
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ebooks
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dunne, Pete,
Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pete Dunne
ISBN: 0544135687 9780544135680
OCLC Number: 904820098
Target Audience: General adult.
Description: 1 online resource (736 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
A guide to the guide : how to make this book work for you --
Species accounts --
Waterfowl --
geese, swans, and ducks --
Game birds --
chachalaca, quail, pheasant, and grouse --
Loons --
Grebes --
Albatrosses --
Petrels and shearwaters --
Storm-petrels --
Tropicbirds --
Sulids (boobies) --
Pelicans --
Cormorants --
Herons, egrets, and ibis --
Storks, vultures, and flamingos --
Diurnal raptors --
kits, hawks, eagles, and falcons --
Rails, coots, limpkin, and cranes --
Shorebirds --
plovers and sandpipers --
Skuas and jaegers --
Gulls --
Terns and skimmer --
Alcids --
auks, murres, and puffins --
Pigeons and doves --
Parrots and parakeets --
Cuckoos, roadrunner, and anis --
Owls --
Nighthawks and nightjars --
Swifts --
Hummingbirds --
Trogons --
Kingfishers --
Woodpeckers --
Flycatchers --
Shrikes --
Vireos --
Jays, crows, and ravens --
Larks --
Swallows --
Chickadees, titmice, verdin, and bushtit --
Nuthatches --
Dipper and bulbul --
Kinglets --
Old World warblers and gnatcatchers --
Thrushes and wrentit --
Mimids --
catbirds, mockingbirds, and thrashers --
Starlings and mynas --
Wagtails and pipits --
Wood-warblers --
Tanagers --
Seedeaters, towhees, sparrows, juncos, and longspurs --
Cardinals, grosbeaks, buntings, and dickcissel --
Icterids --
blackbirds and orioles --
Finches --
Old World sparrows --
Index.
Responsibility: Pete Dunne.
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Abstract:

In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.

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