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Sparrows and Finches of the Great Lakes and Eastern North America

by Chris Earley
     
 

Sparrows and Finches offers birders information on this rich variety of species right in their own backyard. It's hard to keep all those little brown birds apart. This handy, bring-along guidebook is designed to help beginner and advanced birders to identify accurately over 48 types of sparrows, finches, and their look-alikes.

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Overview

Sparrows and Finches offers birders information on this rich variety of species right in their own backyard. It's hard to keep all those little brown birds apart. This handy, bring-along guidebook is designed to help beginner and advanced birders to identify accurately over 48 types of sparrows, finches, and their look-alikes.

Sparrows and Finches focuses only on these two families within a defined geographical location: the Great Lakes and eastern North America. As result, it offers comprehensive coverage in a small, convenient format.

The book is heavily illustrated with 220 full-color photographs taken by award-winning photographers that show these birds in their natural habitats. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single spread for quick reference. Concise and accurate information on each bird includes:

  • Common name
  • Biological classification
  • Song description
  • Identifying features
  • Seasonal changes to plumage color

Sparrows and Finches will prove indispensable to naturalists, students, and birders at all levels of experience. A special section entitled What Can I Do to Help the Sparrows offers simple ways to attract sparrows and finches to your own backyard. This is an engaging and friendly guide that reveals the rich diversity among a seemingly common family of birds so often taken for granted.

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Editorial Reviews

BirdWatcher's Digest - W.H. Gross
Well-done, birder-friendly guides that fit easily into any field pack and are recommended for both beginning and advanced birders.
International Hawkwatcher - Donald S. Heintzelman
Referred to a 'little brown jobs' when identification of some of these birds becomes especially vexing. This book can help... 220 excellent color photographs.
Essex Free Press
Essential field guide ... features 40 species detailing their similarities and subtle differences and including valuable "nature notes" with most entries.
Booklist - Nancy Bent
These tidy little books provide nice introductions ... well chosen clear photographs accompany each species ... terrific primer.
Science Books and Films - William H. Adams
Concise and well-written... The color photographs of various species and the accurate field notes make this an excellent reference work and field guide.
Princeton Times of Trenton
Makes identifying these remarkable and diverse families of birds as easy as possible.
American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 - Charles Leck
The author of these guides is a naturalist/teacher who clearly knows how to present bird-identification information in an organized, attractive, and educational format.
Toronto Ornithological Club - George Bryant
Lovely books ... the range maps are the first I've seen in any guide that fully delineate both breeding range and wintering range.
E-Streams - Diane C. Schmidt
Colorful photographic guides... delightful companions for beginning birders in eastern North America.
Bird Times
The most comprehensive information on several targeted species, packed in a colorful, convenient format.
New Hampshire Wildlife - Bill Carney
Highly illustrated with exquisite color photographs in a natural setting... a welcome addition to my library.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Jim Williams
Detailed descriptions that point out the unique qualities of each bird as well as full-color photos... accessible, portable and affordable.
Ibis - Charles F. Thompson
Intended to help birders... they generally succeed, accurately portraying sexual and seasonal differences in plumage.
Montreal Gazette - David Bird
Excellent information, more than 200 quality color photographs and delightful prose make these must-have guides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552977071
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/10/2003
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
757,390
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Earley is the Interpretive Naturalist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum. He is an active birder whose field guide to warblers is also available in this series.

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