Birding in the American West: A Handbook

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Cornell University Press, 2000 - Nature - 402 pages
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From the Great Plains to the Arctic tundra, the American West, including Alaska, is home to a stunning variety of birds. This indispensable volume, both a field guide and a site-finding guide, provides an ideal introduction to the pleasures of birding west of the Mississippi. Featuring practical but little-known tips for identifying birds, it will be welcomed by beginning as well as seasoned birders. Birding in the American West: A Handbook*tells where to go, what birds to look for, and how to identify them.*describes the exciting and varied bird habitats found in the West.*is heavily illustrated with drawings and photographs to help birders inthe field.*spells out useful techniques for distinguishing among similar-lookingspecies and addresses difficult cases in far greater detail than dostandard field guides.*features species accounts with valuable information on bird location, behavior, and field marks.*presents detailed listings by state on where to find birds, with anemphasis on the microhabitats of especially sought-after birds.*teaches bird-finding and bird-identifying skills applicable anywhere
  

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Contents

Techniques of Finding Birds
1
Techniques of Identifying
27
Body Proportions
35
Vocalizations
42
Ready Reference to
48
Psychological Influences
57
Species Accounts
65
Arctic versus Pacific Loon
73
Identifying Gulls
150
Slatybacked Gulls
163
Kittiwakes
174
Elegant versus Royal versus Caspian
189
Kittlitzs Murrelets
195
Sapsuckers
206
Empidonax Flycatchers
213
Swallows with a Brown Back
228

Horned versus Eared Grebe
79
Pacific Coast Cormorants
85
Rosss versus Snow Goose
92
Female Goldeneyes
98
Accipiters
104
Shorebirds
117
laegers
140
Female Bluebirds
234
Finding the Western
267
Bird Species Mentioned
374
Bibliography
383
Index
391
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