Hawks and Owls of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America

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Birds of prey can be particularly difficult to track for a variety of reasons: - Nocturnal behavior - Remote habitats - Migratory patterns - Swift flight speeds

Hawks and Owls depicts both the subtle differences and rich diversity among these awe-inspiring birds. With crisp, clean photographs and precise identification notes, this guide makes quick and accurate classifications easier.

The families of birds includes:

  • New world vultures
  • Osprey, kites, eagles, hawks and allies
  • Caracara and falcons
  • Barn and bay owls
  • Typical owls

The information on each species is concisely organized and includes the differences between male and female, seasonal and immature plumage, morphs and distinctive markings. Color pictures and range maps accompany the text. The 180 photographs from award-winning photographers show these birds in their natural environments through the seasons. Comparison pages group similar-looking birds on a single page for quick reference.

Hawks and Owls is a sturdy, pocket-sized field guide that will be indispensable to naturalists, students and birders at all levels of experience, from Florida to Ontario.

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About the Author:

Chris G. Earley is the Interpretive Biologist at the University of Guelph's Arboretum and author of Sparrows and Finches... and Warblers... both books are for the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America.

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Those magnificent raptors

Seeing a hawk riding lofty air currents of hearing an owl calling through the darkness is awe-inspiring to most observers. Yet, while many of us find these birds interesting, they can be a difficult group to identify. Many hawks zip past us too quickly, and the nocturnal habits of most owls leave us in the dark about their appearance. This book will help you identify these fascinating birds as well as learn a bit about their natural history.

When trying to identify birds it is important to remember the following motto: I don't know.

Really, it's okay to say it. Too many birders will get an inconclusive view of a bird and then just guess. With practice, you can identify birds from incredibly short glimpses of them, but there will always be some "I don't knows." And even if you do get a good look and still can't identify the bird, you will have learned from the process. The next time you see that species, it will be familiar to you and you may see another field mark or behavior to help in its identification. And don't forget to watch the birds as well! Keeping a checklist is fun and a way to record your sightings, but careful observations will help you understand these interesting creatures. Watching birds in their environment reveals interactions that link all of nature together.

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