Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds
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.
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American American Pipit American Robin behavior bird’s birders BIRDING BY IMPRESSION birds Black-bellied Plover body shape body structure breeding brown brownish buff buntings CHARACTERISTICS AND NON-BBI Clockwise from top color Common COMPARISONS OF SIMILAR Cooper’s crown dark differences distinctive ducks Eastern Egret feathers female Figure Flycatcher foraging gray grayish Grebe Gull habitats Hawk heavier Heron Hummingbird ID information immature IMPRESSION INFORMATION juvenile legs Lesser Yellowlegs Little Blue Heron Long-billed Loon male neck Nighthawk NON-BBI DETAILS Northern Northern Cardinal Northern Gannet overall Pacific Golden-Plover pale perched PHYSICAL PROFILE Plover plumage plumage details PLUMAGE PATTERNS pointed bills QUIZ PHOTO Reddish Egret rounded heads Ruby-crowned Kinglet Sandpiper shorter SIMILAR SPECIES slender slightly larger smaller Sparrow Storm-Petrel streaks structural features subspecies SUPPLEMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS Tern Thrush Try to identify Tundra Swan typically UNCHANGING CHARACTERISTICS underparts undertail upper breast upperparts versus Vireo VOCALIZATIONS Warbler Western whitish Wilson’s winter Woodpecker yellow