Better Birding: Tips, Tools, and Concepts for the Field, 1st Edition

  • Brian L. Sullivan
  • George L. Armistead
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  • ISBN-10: 1400874165
  • ISBN-13: 9781400874163
  • DDC: 598
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Better Birding reveals the techniques expert birders use to identify a wide array of bird species in the field—quickly and easily. Featuring hundreds of stunning photos and composite plates throughout, this book simplifies identification by organizing the birds you see into groupings and offering strategies specifically tailored to each group. Skill building focuses not just on traditional elements such as plumage, but also on creating a context around each bird, including habitat, behavior, and taxonomy—parts so integral to every bird's identity but often glossed over by typical field guides.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Wide-Angle Birding: Be the Bird, See the Bird.
2: Becoming a “Good Birder”: Understanding the Basics.
3: Birding Mentors.
4: Why Birding Is Cool.
5: Loons.
6: Swans.
7: Mallard and Monochromatic “Mallards”.
8: White Herons.
Coastal Birds.
9: Eiders.
10: Brachyramphus Murrelets.
11: Pacific Cormorants.
12: Sulids: Northern Gannet and Boobies.
13: Tropical Terns.
14: Atlantic Gadflies.
Large Shorebirds.
15: Curlews.
16: Godwits.
17: Marsh Sparrows.
18: Small Wrens: (Troglodytes and Cistothorus).
Birds of Forest and Edge.
19: Accipiters.
20: American Rosefinches.
Aerial Insectivores.
21: Swifts.
Night Birds.
22: Screech-Owls: An “Otus” and the Megascops.
23: Nighthawks.
Open-Country Birds.
24: Yellow-bellied Kingbirds.
25: Black Corvids: Crows and Ravens.
26: Pipits.
27: Longspurs.
28: Cowbirds.