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A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors
A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors
Paperback      ISBN: 069111644x

Whether soaring or perched, diurnal birds of prey often present challenging identification problems for the bird enthusiast. Variable plumage, color morphs, and unique individual characteristics are just some of the factors bird watchers must consider when identifying the different species. In this authoritative reference, two of the world's top experts on raptors provide an essential guide to the variations in the species, allowing for easier recognition of key identification points. All the distinguishing marks described have been exhaustively tested in a wide range of field conditions by the authors as well as the colleagues and students who have learned from them.


Key Features?



  • The only complete photographic guide to North American diurnal birds of prey

  • Includes all species, common and rare

  • Written by well-known experts

  • Contains 365 photographs, each with an explanatory caption and supporting text describing all 43 species of diurnal raptors found in North America

  • Features 14 discussions of specific problems in practical identification

  • Complete set showing every plumage

  • Raptor I.D. problem section showing similar species side by side


Species List:
Turkey Vulture. Black Vulture. California Condor. Osprey. Hook-billed Kite. Swallow-tailed Kite. White-tailed Kite. Snail Kite. Mississippi Kite. Bald Eagle. Northern Harrier. Sharp-shinned Hawk. Cooper's Hawk. Northern Goshawk. Common Black Hawk. Harris' Hawk. Gray Hawk. Red-shouldered Hawk. Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Swainson's Hawk. White-tailed Hawk. Zone-tailed Hawk. Red-tailed Hawk. Ferruginous Hawk. Rough-legged Hawk. Golden Eagle. Crested Caracara. American Kestrel. Merlin. Aplomado Falcon. Gyrfalcon. Peregrine. Prairie Falcon. Crane Hawk. Roadside Hawk. Hawaiian Hawk. Red-backed Hawk. Steller's Sea Eagle. White-tailed Eagle. Collared Forest Falcon. Northern Hobby. Common Kestrel.-- "HMANA Migration Studies"
Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America: A Life-Size Guide to Every Species
Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America
A Life-Size Guide to Every Species
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062446819

A stunning full-color photographic field guide of 285 species of North American songbirds and warblers, captured in glorious life-sized detail and featuring concise descriptions, location maps, and useful facts for both experienced birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists alike.

Birds such as the Acadian Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting, Northern Mockingbird, Pyrrhuloxia, Rock Wren, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, and the Yellow Throated Warbler are known for their elaborate songs produced by their highly developed vocal organs. Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America is a breathtaking collection of 285 species of these beautiful, melodious creatures, the largest number of species in a single field guide about North American songbirds.

Arranged by region and taxonomic order, every songbird is depicted life-sized; each photograph is accompanied by a short description with essential information on identification and the particular species, habits, and behavior. Every species entry also includes a map showing where the species can be found, as well as a fact grid listing key details such as common and scientific name, length, food, habitat, status, and voice. Inside you'll find fun facts, including:

  • Songbirds are members of the order Passeriformes, the most varied group of birds both in terms of numbers of species and diversity of appearance and habit preferences.
  • Songbirds have feet that allow them to perch with ease, with three toes pointing forward and one facing back.
  • Songbirds are extremely vocal; some male species are among the finest songsters in the bird world.

Every photograph is gloriously detailed and chosen to show each species' unique identification features and typical postures. Packed in a convenient portable size, Warblers and Other Songbirds of North America is ideal for the experienced birdwatcher, the aspiring naturalist, and every bird lover.

Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
Stokes Field Guide to Birds
Eastern Region
Paperback      ISBN: 0316818097

The easiest-to-use and most comprehensive field guide to North American birds-from the country's preeminent writers on birds and nature Drawing on more than twenty years' experience as bird and wildlife experts, Donald and Lillian Stokes have produced field guides that are factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other books you can buy. You'll find: * All the identification information on a single page-color photographs, range map, and detailed description. No more fumbling to match photos with text * For fast reference-a compact alphabetical index inside the front and back covers. * More than 900 high-resolution color identification photographs. * An illustrated Quick Guide to the most common backyard and feeder birds. * Convenient colored tabs keyed to each bird group. * Concise and comprehensive text, with information on habitat; plumage variation; feeding, nesting, and mating behavior; bird feeder proclivity; and-for the first time in any guide-population trends and conservation status.

Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide
Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1560443537

The popular Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide now Features 32 new sites for a total of 128 areas to catch a glimpse of the state's diverse and abundant wildlife, from alligators and manatees to sandhill cranes and spoonbills.

Songbirds of North America: A Visual Directory of 100 of the Most Popular Songbirds in North America
Songbirds of North America
A Visual Directory of 100 of the Most Popular Songbirds in North America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785833870

A visual directory with over 100 of the most popular North American bird calls. Beautiful illustrations show each bird's distinctive colors and plumage, and detailed information reveals their origin, behavior, feeding, and migration habits.

Learn how and why birds sing, and discover the wide range of tones and melodies. A CD of birdsongs from The Macaulay Library of Cornell University's Ornithology lab is included and helps you identify the calls heard in your backyard, while simple notions in the book denotes the rhythmic ride and fall of the songs. Find out when and where to best hear America's most beloved songbirds, and discover how to turn your backyard into an aviary haven with practical advice on planting, feeding routines, and optimal nesting boxes.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0547152469

The best-selling field guide since 1934, the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America features clear, succinct accounts of more than 500 species, accurate and beautiful paintings on 159 color plates, and 512 maps annotated with extensive range information, making this the most accessible field guide for bird watchers in eastern North America. Peterson Field Guides are valuable additions to any birder's pocket or day pack. At a trim size of 5 x 8, they are portable and beautifully illustrated. Photographs, while modern looking and colorful, capture just one moment in time. The paintings in these guides, however, show all of a bird's key field marks and use the Peterson Identification System to make bird identification easier for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Expert birders have also created 35 entertaining and easy-to-use supplementary video podcasts, which are available to download.

Field Guide to Backyard Birds of the West
Field Guide to Backyard Birds of the West
Paperback      ISBN: 1591860091
From the expert editors at Cool Springs Press, a series of regional bird books that love the outdoors as much as you do. "Patience is a virtue," said no backyard bird ever. That's why, when these busy creatures come flitting into view, you need to have your resources ready at a moment's notice. Have you spent all this time mistaking the Mountain Chickadee for its Black-Capped cousin? A forgivable error, but with the Field Guide to Backyard Birds of the West, you'll be pointing out those distinctive white eyebrows in no time. Each book in this series has been conveniently packaged in a field-sized 5"x8" format: large enough to showcase the gorgeous close-up photography within, but small enough to keep dependably at the ready. In this edition, each of the West's 80 most popular bird species gets its own page, complete with a concise description, preferred habitat, feeding and migration habits, and tips for attracting them to your bird feeders. Illustrated with colorful range maps, vibrant images, and a brilliant tabbed layout that helps you quickly search for birds by color, this portable field book will never again let that elusive Anna's Hummingbird buzz stealthily out of range. Western states include Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. Look for our other four Field Guide to Backyard Birds titles, covering the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South, and Northeast regions of the United States.
Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest
Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest
Paperback      ISBN: 0618456945
The only field guide to bring along to identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, rocks, and sky of the Midwest

Even if we focus on certain things in the outdoors, most of us are curious about everything else that might turn up. Serious birders, botanists, and entomologists all have their specialized guides, but this book is the guide to "everything else"--the one guide to take when you go out for a walk. Wow, that's a cool-looking mushroom. Wonder what it is. Hey, look at that weird insect.

Birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, grasses, even constellations overhead and rocks underfoot--it's all here. With authoritative yet broad coverage, nontechnical language, and more than two thousand color photographs, this book is an essential reference for nature lovers living in or visiting Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The Most Surprised I've Ever Been
The Most Surprised I've Ever Been
School & Library      ISBN: 1595144560
One thing about a new day--you really never know where it will go, even if you know where it starts.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is walking on the blanket when he is unexpectedly launched high into the air. Tumbling through space, the bird's-eye view offers our small friend not only a glimpse of the important things in life--his beloved Nana who sleeps in a fancy French bread, a stinky shoe, and a monstrous baby--but also a much bigger picture. Sometimes the most wonderful discoveries are the ones we least expect.
Birds in Your Backyard: A Bird Lover's Guide to Creating a Garden Sanctuary
Birds in Your Backyard
A Bird Lover's Guide to Creating a Garden Sanctuary
Paperback      ISBN: 0762109971
Birds in Your Backyard is a bird lover's guide to creating a bird and garden sanctuary in your own backyard with a step-by-step guide for easy-to-build projects.

Turn your backyard into a blissful bird sanctuary-create an appealing habitat to attract birds and watch them thrive.
This indispensable guide for bird enthusiasts is a comprehensive and richly illustrated volume-with over 600 full-color photos. Together with a little careful planning and planting you can turn your yard into a bird and butterfly oasis. It's several books in one:
* An A-to-Z landscaping guide to identify over 75 flowers and plants
* A field guide includes over 170 varieties of birds and butterflies with key
information on: how to identify them by their markings, how they behave, and which feeder foods they like the best
* A bird-watching guide to understand the basics of bird-watching and what equipment might be needed to observe or photograph birds

Plus, a how-to guide filled with step-by-step instructions for easy-to-build projects. Learn how-to:
* Plant your garden with bird-friendly trees, plants, hedges, ground cover, seed- producing flowers, and fruit-bearing shrubs and vines
* Build and mount your own birdhouses, boxes, perches, and shelters
* Identify the best plants for creating nesting sites; grow bird seed; and add a birdbath or pond

Let Birds in Your Backyard reveal its secrets for creating an irresistible garden and welcoming landscape alive with birds and butterflies.