Advanced Birding

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 1, 1999 - Nature - 299 pages
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Covering thirty-five of the most difficult groups of birds, from winter loons to confusing fall warblers, jaegers to chickadees, accipiters to flycatchers, this clearly written and beautifully illustrated field guide tells exactly how to solve the most challenging bird identification problems of North America.
 

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Contents

Challenges in Birding and How to Approach Them
1
The Winter Loons
20
The Western Grebe Complex
30
Mediumsized White Herons
34
The Dark Ibises
39
The Scaup
43
Brief Notes on Other Ducks
48
The Accipiters
51
The ScreechOwls
153
Hummingbirds
160
The Yellowbellied Sapsucker Complex
173
The WoodPewees
180
The Empidonax Flycatchers
184
The Chickadees
213
Bendires Thrasher
220
The Philadelphia Vireo Complex
225

Basics of Shorebird Identification
64
The Dowitchers
68
Sharptailed and Pectoral Sandpipers
76
Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers
82
The Jaegers
88
Basics of Learning the Gulls
102
Franklins and Laughing Gulls
109
The Thayers Gull Complex
114
Brief Notes on Other Gulls
131
The Mediumsized Tems
134
Brief Notes on Other Terns
150
Tips for Identifying Fall Warblers
229
The Blackpoll Trio
233
The Waterthrushes
240
Notes on Other Warblers
243
The Generic Approach
246
Cassins and Bottens Sparrows
252
The Spizella Sparrows
261
The Carpodacus Finches
267
Annotated Bibliography
277
Index
293
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About the author (1999)

Kenn Kaufman is a legend among birders. At sixteen he hitchhiked back & forth across North America, traveling eighty thousand miles in a year, simply to see as many birds as he could; he came back to tell the story in "Kingbird Highway." A field editor for "Audubon" & a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His books include "Lives of North American Birds" & the "Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding." He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Puzzability, based in New York, includes Mike Shenk, who has written puzzles for "Games" magazine and its offshoots, and provided daily crosswords for a major newspaper syndicate. He is currently the crossword editor of "The Wall Street Journal"; Amy Goldstein, a trivia buff and wordsmith who has served as associate editor and managing editor for "Games" magazine and its sister publications; and Robert Leighton, an illustrator, writer, "New Yorker" cartoonist, and creator of unique visual puzzles.

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

National Wildlife Federation is America's premier nonprofit conservation organization. Its mission statement is to protect wildlife for our children's future. As the largest grassroots conservation organization in the country, the NWF boasts more than 4 million supporters and 47 state affiliates. Their magazines include National Wildlife Magazine (adults); Ranger Rick (children ages 7-12); Ranger Rick Jr. (children ages 4-7); and Wild Baby Animals (toddlers).

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