Bird Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species

Overview

  • Songbirds, waterfowl, owls, shorebirds, warblers, woodpeckers, nightjars, birds of prey
  • Dozens of feather groups photographed in color

A sighting in the field is just one way birders can identify bird species. Observant nature-lovers can discover what birds are where by examining tracks, trails, and a variety of bird sign: discarded feathers, feeding leftovers and caches, pellets, nests, droppings, and skulls and bones. This fully illustrated...

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Overview

  • Songbirds, waterfowl, owls, shorebirds, warblers, woodpeckers, nightjars, birds of prey
  • Dozens of feather groups photographed in color

A sighting in the field is just one way birders can identify bird species. Observant nature-lovers can discover what birds are where by examining tracks, trails, and a variety of bird sign: discarded feathers, feeding leftovers and caches, pellets, nests, droppings, and skulls and bones. This fully illustrated guide--the first of its kind for North American birds--presents thorough and straightforward instruction for identifying bird families or individual species by careful examination of the unique sign they leave behind. It also offers keys to the birds' behavior in the wild.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811726962
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 347,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, including the capturing and collaring of cougars and Glacier National Park's bear sign survey. He lives in Vermont.

Diane Boretos, a wetlands biologist, is a senior scientist with an environmental consulting service.

Eleanor Marks is an avid birder, veteran tracker, and writer. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Tracks and Trails 13
2 Pellets 167
3 Droppings 187
4 Signs of Feeding and Other Behaviors 211
5 Nests and Roosts 299
6 Feathers 323
7 Skulls 417
Appendix Resources 433
Bibliography 437
Acknowledgments 445
Index 451
About the Authors 456
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Feathers!

    This is a book filled with perspectives and information, while I'd been birding for years, to which I was completely unaware. And finally a book to help me identify feathers I find in the field! Fascinating. Roger Peters, CT

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