A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide)

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Blending the steadfast observations of a scientist with the creativity of an artist and writer, a definitive field guide, featuring the renowned Peterson identification System, collects more than sixty years of observations, paintings, and writings in aBlending the steadfast observations of a scientist with the creativity of an artist and writer, a definitive field guide, featuring the renowned Peterson Identification System, collects more than sixty years of observations, paintings, and writings in a newly updated version that details the birds of Eastern and Central North America and pays tribute to the late author. Simultaneous. newly updated version that details the birds of Eastern and Central North America and pays tribute to the late author. Simultaneous.

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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, and the Peterson Field Guides® are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.

Virginia Marie Peterson worked with her husband, Roger Tory Peterson, to research and create three-color range maps for several books in The Peterson Field Guide Series(R).

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CHIMNEY SWIFT Chaetura pelagica Common
5–51?2" (12–14 cm) Like a cigar with wings. A blackish
swallowlike bird with long, slightly curved, stiff wings and stubby
tail. It appears to beat its wings not in unison but alternately
(actually this is an illusion); effect is more batlike, unlike
skimming of swallows. They seem to fairly twinkle, gliding between
spurts, holding wings bowed in a crescent. Voice: Loud, rapid,
ticking
or twittering notes. Range: S. Canada to Gulf of Mexico. Winters in
Peru. Habitat: Open sky, especially over cities, towns; nests and
roosts in chimneys (originally in large hollow trees and cliff
crevices).

Copyright © 2002 by the Marital Trust B u/a Roger Tory Peterson and
the Estate of Virginia Peterson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton
Mifflin Company.

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