Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast / Edition 1

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An excellent introduction and a perfect companion for excursions ranging from the Mexican border to San Luis Obispo County, this indispensable guide will familiarize bird-watchers, hikers, naturalists, residents, and travelers with the appearance and behavior of 120 of southern California's most common coastal birds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520243217
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Series: California Natural History Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 765,079
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Easton Lentz is a Research Associate with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She also teaches bird classes for the Santa Barbara Community College Continuing Education Division and is author of Great Birding Trips of the West (1989) and Birdwatching: A Guide for Beginners (1985).

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Table of Contents



A Bird’s Eye View
Boundaries of the Coastal Strip
Climate and Habitats
Birding Basics: What to Look For
How Coastal Birds Live
Feeding and Flocking
Nesting Colonies
Before You Go
Species Accounts
Geese and Ducks
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns
New World Vultures
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Stilts and Avocets
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Barn Owls
Tyrant Flycatchers
Crows and Ravens
Swallows and Martins
Starlings and Mynas
Pipits and Wagtails
Blackbirds and Orioles
Birding Sites along the Coast
San Diego County
Orange County
Los Angeles County
Ventura County
Santa Barbara County
San Luis Obispo County
Going by Boat
Shoreline Size Chart
Gull Identification

Seasonal Occurrence Bar Graphs
Suggested Reading


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