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Author Dunne, Pete, 1951-

Title Pete Dunne's essential field guide companion / Pete Dunne.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  598 D92P    Check Shelf
Description xi, 710 pages ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
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.
Summary 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.
Subject Birds -- North America -- Identification.
Added Title Essential field guide companion
Spine Title Pete Dunne's field guide companion
ISBN 9780618236480
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