Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast / Edition 1

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Overview


This easy-to-use, concise, informative guide is a must for anyone who wants to leave behind Southern California's noisy freeways and crowded beaches in search of the wild places where birds can be found. An excellent introduction, an indispensable regional guide, and a perfect companion for excursions from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexican border, it is designed to familiarize birdwatchers, hikers, naturalists, residents, and travelers with the appearance and behavior of 120 of the most common coastal birds.

*Features 120 superb color plates and lifelike habitat drawings that depict birds in their natural surroundings

*Sixteen maps show numerous birding sites accompanied by detailed directions

*Species accounts include information on the abundance and seasonal status of each bird and give intriguing natural history details

*Introductory sections describe the coastal habitats of Southern California, provide tips for beginning birdwatchers, and discuss the basics of bird behavior

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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: 1,109,666
  • 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


Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

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
Migration
Nesting Colonies
Before You Go
Species Accounts
Geese and Ducks
Loons
Grebes
Shearwaters
Pelicans
Cormorants
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns
Ibises
New World Vultures
Hawks
Falcons
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Plovers
Oystercatchers
Stilts and Avocets
Sandpipers
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Auks
Barn Owls
Kingfishers
Tyrant Flycatchers
Crows and Ravens
Swallows and Martins
Wrens
Starlings and Mynas
Pipits and Wagtails
Wood-Warblers
Sparrows
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
Index

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