Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 5, 2015 - Nature - 256 pages
A highly visual guide to identifying birds in the field based on the important, unchanging features of size, shape, structure, and behavior

Birding is an extremely rewarding and fun hobby, but some situations can be frustrating or unsuccessful because of a variety of challenging viewing conditions. This guide to identifying birds offers the holistic “birding by impression” method, which not only helps with these difficult conditions, but also develops an efficient mental identification process using left- and right-brain skills. It begins with a conscious assessment of a bird’s unchanging physical characteristics, including general size, body shape, structural features (bill, legs, neck, and wings), and behavior. Using this approach, birders can quickly assess all birds and distinguish new and uncommon species from familiar ones. They can then examine more detailed field marks to fine-tune the identification. Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process.
 
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Accounts
21
Back Matter
263
Back Flap
291
Back Cover
292
Spine
293
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

KEVIN KARLSON is an accomplished birder, tour leader, and wildlife photographer. He is a coauthor of The Shorebird Guide and two other books.

DALE ROSSELET is vice president for education for New Jersey Audubon, where she oversees statewide education programs.

Bibliographic information