Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Nature - 710 pages
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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.
  

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

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

Every book I've read on birding said to identify birds by behavior, not field marks. This book finally makes that possible. In lively but not undignified prose, Dunne introduces the character of each ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mara Gaulzetti - Goodreads

I really like this book to accompany a field guide with photos. Dunne explains how to identify birds with much detail, but if you're a visual learner it can be tricky to decipher. It's a great book ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

PETE DUNNE is the author of eleven books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion and Pete Dunne on Bird Watching. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory.

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