Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds

Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds

by Pete Dunne

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Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds by Pete Dunne

In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544135680
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 1,039,743
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

PETE DUNNE forged a bond with nature as a child and has been studying hawks for more than forty years. He has written fifteen books and countless magazine and newspaper columns. He was the founding director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and now serves as New Jersey Audubon’s Birding Ambassador. He lives in Mauricetown, New Jersey.

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