Getting Started in Bird Watching

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9780395976371: Getting Started in Bird Watching

Learn how to become a competent birder in the shortest time possible. Birdwatching is the favorite sport of millions, but it can be frustrating for the beginner. Originally published in 1989, this concise volume was the first book designed to let the beginner in on the secrets of skilled birdwatching. Although especially valuable for beginners, the birding tips and regional checklists make this book useful for all birding enthusiasts. "A very useful, step-by-step introduction to the techniques of birding. Invaluable for beginners." - Roger Tory Peterson

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Beginning birdwatchers face many frustrations: birds, it seems, are constantly in motion, taking flight before the fledgling birder can turn to a photograph or drawing that might help pinpoint its identification. The experienced birdwatcher, Edward Cronin writes in this friendly manual, is by contrast able to identify a dozen species in a few seconds, which compounds the beginner's lack of self-confidence. Never fear, Cronin reassures us: The "magician's trick of rapidly identifying species is, in truth, based on a logical procedure that anyone can master." One great secret, he goes on to say, is that most often a bird is what it appears to be: a pigeon is a pigeon, a duck a duck. Another great secret is to know that what is missing is often more important than what is there: a bird lacking a broad bill is unlikely to eat much fish and is therefore unlikely to be that duck. Cronin provides a well-structured set of lessons in how to apply these and other principles. The book closes with a sequence of checklists for the United States, broken into regions. --Gregory McNamee

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Gordon Morrison is a well-known naturalist whose work has been praised by Roger Tory Peterson as "Marvelous, beautiful, excellent . . . Morrison’s work is so inspiring that I wish such clear material was available when I was slowly learning ecology. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Gordon for his interpretive skills as an artist. He is a superb teacher who uses visual methods." Robert Bateman likened his work to that of Albrecht Durer and Andrew Wyeth. Gordon Morrison makes his home in Massachusetts.

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