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Pete Dunne's essential field guide companion

Author: Pete Dunne
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding," 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Handbuch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pete Dunne
ISBN: 9780618236480 0618236481
OCLC Number: 61169710
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 710 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Other Titles: Essential field guide companion
Pete Dunne's field guide companion
Responsibility: Pete Dunne.
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In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding," 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. 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 Dunne combines playfulness with the work of identification.--From publisher description.

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