The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey

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From High Point State Park to Cape May Point, New Jersey is home to an amazing diversity of bird species. More than 375 types of birds nest in the dozens of state parks, forests, and natural areas created by local, state, and national authorities, including the centimeters-long ruby-throated hummingbird and large raptors such as the bald eagle. This guide to the Garden State’s birds features 235 bird species in their natural habitats, presented in stunning color photographs complemented by detailed information on...

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Overview

From High Point State Park to Cape May Point, New Jersey is home to an amazing diversity of bird species. More than 375 types of birds nest in the dozens of state parks, forests, and natural areas created by local, state, and national authorities, including the centimeters-long ruby-throated hummingbird and large raptors such as the bald eagle. This guide to the Garden State’s birds features 235 bird species in their natural habitats, presented in stunning color photographs complemented by detailed information on their habitats, birdsongs, and tips on when and where to see them. The birds are organized by species for quick reference, and the book includes a complete state bird guide and a directory of birding destinations. This is an excellent resource for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts who want to learn more about New Jersey’s natural history and the diversity of its birds.

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"Bird tour leader Wright and photographer Small have created a solid addition to the avian field guide genre. Novices—even those outside the Jersey area—should enjoy taking this book afield." —Robert Eagan, Library Journal
Library Journal
05/15/2014
"Plain and simple" best describes the content, design, and organization of this book. Bird tour leader Wright and photographer Small have created a solid addition to the avian field guide genre. They describe 255 species in the state—"most of the birds are common or even abundant, some are uncommon or scarce; a few truly rare." Subject arrangement follows the sequence set out in The American Ornithologist's Union Check-list of North American Birds. A clear, concise introduction discusses bird topography, offers many helpful tips, and lists key state birding sites. Species descriptions are brief, memorable, and sometimes droll: caspian terns, for example, are "pterodactyl-like" and indigo buntings "pointy-faced." (It is also nice to report that much-maligned Sturnus vulgaris, the "stunningly beautiful" European starling, gets due praise.) All-color pictures dominate the text; Small's work demonstrates to brilliant, magnetic effect the photographic principle of establishing eye contact with bird subjects. VERDICT With a manageable geographic area to cover, fewer species to remember, no elaborate "ID systems" to comprehend, less text to read, and proportionally larger images to savor, novices—even those outside the Jersey area—should enjoy taking this book afield. When it comes to bird guides, less can be more.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.
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Meet the Author

Rick Wright is a professional birding tour leader with WINGS Birding Tours and a department editor at Birding, the American Birding Association’s flagship publication. He is a regular speaker at birding festivals and conventions. He lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Brian E. Small is a professional bird and nature photographer with more than 20 years of experience. His father, Dr. Arnold Small, was one of the founding members and a former president of the ABA. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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