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A Guide to the Birds of the Southeastern States: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, And Mississippi

0813028612


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Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 22, 2006
If you're heading south and want to know where to go birding, Rappole can point you in the right direction.


National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Texas
Jonathan Alderfer (Editor)
0792241878
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds provides affordable, portable, reliable region-specific information, perfect for the novice or experienced birder. In each guide, an introduction by an expert birder from the region offers guidance on where to look for key birds. An opening section gives pointers on how to look for key birds and what to focus on when you spot them. Each guide features approximately 150 birds, grouped by family. Two indexes: one alphabetical and one color-coded help readers identify a bird quickly.

Each entry has a vivid photograph showing the bird in its native habitat. On the facing page, there is a list of bulleted points of field identification clues as well as behavioral and habitat information, and the best local places to find the bird. Special field notes give additional...


National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region
John L. Bull
0679428526
September 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
Covering 508 bird species found east of the Rocky Mountains, the revised second edition takes into account changes in taxonomy and uses improved photography. At the heart of the guide is a set of 646 well-made color photographs whose subjects are organized by easily discerned characteristics (e.g., "chicken-like marsh birds," such as the clapper rail; "gull-like birds," such as the kittiwake; and "upright-perching water birds," such as the common murre). The photographs are then keyed to textual descriptions of the birds' appearance, range and habitat, nesting characteristics, and behavior. Easy to use and handsomely produced, this belongs in every eastern birdwatcher's collection. --Gregory McNamee

Book Description
Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these...


The Singing Life of Birds : The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong
Donald Kroodsma
0618405682
April 4, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Kroodsma, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, shares what he's learned from more than three decades of recording and analyzing the songs of birds in this intriguing, instructional book. Using "sonagrams" (also known as sound spectrograms, they plot a sound's frequency over time), he illustrates the songs of 30 birds, from the familiar American robin to the exotic three-wattled bellbird of Costa Rica. He considers how birds acquire their songs (some species learn them; others have their tunes "encoded somehow in nucleotide sequences of the DNA"), what makes the songs unique, what functions they serve, and how they've evolved. No two species sound alike, of course, but groups of birds within each species have their own dialects, and individual birds have their own repertoires as well. A CD of the...


National Audubon Society: The Sibley Guide to Birds
David Allen Sibley
0679451226
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
More than 10 years in the making, David Sibley's Guide to Birds is a monumental achievement. The beautiful watercolor illustrations (6,600, covering 810 species in North America) and clear, descriptive text place Sibley and his work squarely in the tradition of John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson; more than a birdwatcher and evangelizer, he is one of the foremost bird painters and authorities in the U.S. Still, his field guide will no doubt spark debate. Unlike Kenn Kaufman's Focus Guide, Sibley's is unapologetically aimed at the converted. Beginning birders may want to keep a copy of Sibley at home as a reference, but the wealth of information will have the same effect on novices as trying to pick out a single sandpiper in a wheeling flock of thousands. The familiar yellow warbler, for instance, gets no less than...


National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
National Geographic
0792268776
Nov 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The fourth edition of this popular field guide adds some valuable features, including updated maps and taxonomic classifications. A new "quick-find" index of common groups refers experienced birders to the right page, fast, but won't be much use to novices. Nevertheless, the book's organization is clear, the illustrations are realistic and more colorful than ever, and the range maps are easy to understand. The guide covers all North American bird species, including seabirds. In his introduction to the new edition, Cornell ornithologist John W. Fitzpatrick motivates birders of all levels, extolling the virtues of this field guide in helping ordinary citizens add to the store of scientific knowledge. And he's right: marking the little checkboxes in the index as you spot each species is satisfying science that can...


A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (The Peterson Field Guide)
Roger Tory Peterson
0395740460
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Roger Tory Peterson had already made his mark with his innovative field guide when he conducted DDT research during World War II. His friend and fellow naturalist Rachel Carson built on these efforts and eventually wrote Silent Spring, a landmark text that, along with Peterson's field guide, jump-started the modern environmental movement. By combining the tireless observation of a scientist with the imaginative skills of an artist and writer, Peterson created a field guide that Robert Bateman, in his foreword to the fifth edition, says was the doorway for millions of people into the wonderland of natural history. The Peterson Identification System has been used in the more than fifty books that make up the Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson's magnum opus, now in its fifth edition, created the trail for countless...


A Field Guide to Feeder Birds: Eastern and Central North America
Roger Tory Peterson
061805944X
April 1900
Paperback
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Book Description
Slim and affordable, FEEDER BIRDS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA features Roger Tory Peterson's classic art in a larger format designed especially for the eighty million North Americans who watch and feed birds. This easy-to-use, at-a-glance guide simplifies identification by including only the birds that frequent feeders. And to make it even more convenient, the most commonly seen birds come first, followed by those that are harder to identify or that rarely visit feeders. Range maps, descriptions of birds and foods that attract them, and illustrations are on facing pages, so identification is fast and easy. The brand-new introduction covers important bird-feeding topics, including types of feeders and where to place them, birdbaths, kinds of food and when to feed, plantings that attract birds, and solutions to problems...


National Geographic Complete Birds of North America
Jonathan Alderfer
0792241754
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Birders rejoice! National Geographic has come through once again with a volume that libraries and bird enthusiasts will welcome to their shelves. Ornithologist and illustrator Alderfer is the general editor of this fine resource that, as he acknowledges, is too large to be a field guide, although many may throw it in their bags while birding. Described as a "companion to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America," the book pulls together a remarkable amount of information into what can only be described as one of the finest one-volume reference works ever published on North American birds.The organization will be familiar to bird aficionados everywhere. Each of the 82 avian families is treated in an individual section that begins with a brief essay covering the special...


Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
Donald Stokes
0316818119
October 1996
Paperback
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Birding by Ear: Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides(R))
Richard K. Walton, et al
0618225900
April 4, 2002
Audio CD
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Review
"(Birding by Ear and More Birding by Ear) are the best tools yet for learning bird vocalizations." - Science Times

Book Description
BIRDING BY EAR uses an educational and entertaining method for learning bird songs. Instead of merely providing a catalog of bird song samples, BIRDING BY EAR actually teaches. This proven method has greatly enhanced the field experience for birders across North America. The authors have created learning groups of similar vocalizations and clearly point out distinguishing characteristics. Using techniques such as phonetics, mnemonics, and descriptive words, Walton and Lawson provide a context for learning the songs and calls of eighty-five species of birds found east of the Rockies. Combine the auditory instruction here with the visual features of the...


Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
Donald Stokes
0316818097
January 1996
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Together these new field guides cover the continental United States (except western Alaska) and Canada; the 100th meridian is the dividing line between regions. In each volume, the taxonomically arranged species accounts (mostly one per page; occasionally two similar species are combined) include common and scientific names; one to three color photos; terse comments on identifying features, feeding, nesting, other behavior, habitat, voice, and population trends; and a range map. Special "learning pages" precede some difficult groups like gulls and sparrows. Most species of regular occurrence in the region are included; a few extremely local rarities are omitted. The text is clearly written, accurate, and up-to-date; the 1995 AOU (American Ornithologists' Union) Checklist changes are included. With so many other...


Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
Kenn Kaufman
0618574239
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
World-renowned birder Kenn Kaufman addresses a long-running paradox of bird field guides with his Focus Guide. While beginning birdwatchers prefer photographic guides like those by Donald Stokes, the physical traits that make identification easier are more readily discerned in the idealized paintings of illustrative guides like those by Roger Tory Peterson and National Geographic. Kaufman's groundbreaking work combines the best of both approaches by digitally enhancing photographic images to show the characteristics that are sometimes not apparent in photographs.

Some other distinguishing features include: The guide is organized by bird family groupings rather than strict taxonomic classification; this is a feature that will appeal especially to beginners. Text descriptions and range maps for each species appear on the...



Smithsonian Birds of North America
Fred J. Alsop, III
0789471566
Apr 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Published in association with America's preeminent authority, the Smithsonian Institution, this comprehensive handbook to the birds of North America: Eastern Region includes 706 species ---- all birds known to breed east of the 100th meridian on the United States and Canada, as well as regular visitors and vagrants to this region. The Smithsonian Handbook is the first identification guide that includes details of the bird's life history in a concise and user--friendly format. Each full--page profile combines a precise description, annotated photographs, and artworks to highlight the key field marks of the species in each plumage. Similar species are shown and distinguishing characteristics are noted. Further information on the bird's habits describes the typical song and other vocalizations, behavior, breeding,...


The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
David Allen Sibley (Illustrator)
0679451234
October 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
From the creator of the seminal field guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds, comes another indispensable book for bird watchers. This veritable bible to the world of birds is the collaborative effort of 48 expert birders and biologists, who combine scientific accuracy and detail with an easily readable and well-organized format. How does a tiny chickadee survive subzero temperatures? How do flocks of birds synchronize their flights? How can an albatross cross miles of ocean without flapping its wings? Which bird brains are actually intelligent? It's all here in essays giving an overview of avian evolution, biology, and the aerodynamics of flight and in chapters devoted to the 80 bird families of North America, each one detailing taxonomy, habitats, feeding, breeding, vocalizations, migrations, and more....


Bird Song Ear Training Guide: Who Cooks for Poor Sam Peabody Learn to Recognize the Songs of Birds from the Midwest and Northeast States
John Feith
0975443402
November 2002
Audio CD
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Diane Porter, Birdwatching.com, November 17, 2002
The best format I've seen yet for learning birdsongs...the most fun of any songstudy CD I've used.

Fatbirder, December 4, 2002
Excellent idea! Having had a chance to hear it, I'm as impressed as I thought I'd be.

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
David Allen Sibley
067945120X
April 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Providing birders the convenience of portability, Sibley's newest volume breaks down the information in The Sibley Guide to Birds into specific regions (The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America will be published the same month). The guide includes much of the basic information in the Guide to Birds, such as the parts of a bird and general color-coded maps, but focuses most of its attention on birds who make their home east of the Rocky Mountains, such as the Double-crested Cormorant and the Eastern Screech-Owl. The color-coded maps that accompany each bird show where the birds live throughout North America, so that birders in, say, Pennsylvania, will know to look for the Northern Mockingbird in California as well. And, of course, Sibley's beautiful full-colored paintings of birds jump out at every...


Birds of North America
Chandler S. Robbins
1582380902
Jan 2001
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Spot the silhouette of a Northern Goshawk in flight. Identify the raucous call of the Red-winged Blackbird. Discover the secret of picking out a Chipping Sparrow from its look-alike cousins. It's simple with this classic field guide, a treasured favorite among amateur bird lovers and exacting professionals. Recognized as the authority on bird identification, this invaluable resource provides:

-All of North America in one volume
-Over 800 species and 600 range maps
-Arthur Singer's famous illustrations featuring male, female, and juvenile plumage
-Sonograms that picture sound for easy song recognition
-Migration routes, feeding habits, and characteristic flight patterns
-American ornithologists' classifications
-Convenient check boxes to record birds you have identified
-Color tabs for quick...


Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern Region (Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs)
Lang Elliot (Narrator), et al
1570424837
April 1, 1997
Audio CD
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From AudioFile
This collection of bird songs should be enjoyable for both avid bird-watcher and casual nature-lover. It consists of three CDs and a guide booklet covering the sounds of 372 species living in Eastern North America. Narrator Lang Elliott introduces each species with just its name, then presents a variety of its songs and calls. The audioguide codes the CD track number for each species, gives a page number corresponding to the companion book, and an explanation of each type of call and its function. Even without the visual companion, the excellent quality of the audio production makes this a listening pleasure. J.J.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
David Allen Sibley
0679451218
April 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Not just spin-offs from the famed Sibley Guide to Birds, these field guides are specifically designed to tote along on outings. The maps are new. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new guide features 703 bird species plus regional populations found west of the Rocky Mountains. Accounts include stunningly accurate illustrations—more than 4,600 in total—with descriptive caption text pointing out the most important field marks....


National Geographic Field Guides to the Birds
Barbara Brownell-Grogan
0792293495
Mar 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
A new field guide introduces a new series of regional handbooks on local birds. With more than 900 species of birds occurring in North America, the novice or casual birder can be overwhelmed by a standard field guide when trying to identify a new bird. Regional, and particularly state-specific, guides are often the best introduction to the fun of watching and identifying birds for newcomers to the avocation of birding. Florida is one of the continent's bird-rich hotspots, with the added attraction of being a premier vacation destination, and National Geographic has made a wise choice to spotlight this state in launching their series. It covers the 150 most easily spotted of the state's birds. All are presented on a two-page spread, with a clear photograph of the bird facing a page of bulleted facts. These identification...

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